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The Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C, Church of the Resurrection, Franklin

May 22, 2022

“Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid” (Jo. 14:27). In our Gospel today, Jesus is talking about the heart: not just as the seat of the will, the metaphorical place where […]

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The Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year C, St. George’s Church, Nashville

May 15, 2022

“Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (Jo. 13:34). Pundits and pollsters tell us that the partisan divide in our country is as bad as it’s ever been. Not only are we divided, […]

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C, Church of the Good Shepherd, Brentwood

May 08, 2022

“Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil” (Ps. 23:4). I’ve always thought of the valley of the shadow of death as a metaphor, not an actual place; but apparently […]

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Renewal of Ordination Vows & Consecration of Chrism, Monday in Holy Week, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville

April 11, 2022

“They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory” (Is. 61:3). I’ve lived a fair portion of my life in Florida and south Louisiana, not far from the Gulf of Mexico, […]

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Palm Sunday, Year C, St. Bede’s Church, Manchester

April 10, 2022

“And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts” (Lk. 23:48). Our Gospel describes Jesus’ execution as a “spectacle”: an event held for public […]

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Clergy Colloquium 2022

April 06, 2022

All clergy are invited to join Bishop Bauerschmidt from Tuesday afternoon, May 10th, through Thursday mid-day, May 13th, in Eastertide, for the eleventh Annual Clergy Colloquium in the Diocese of Tennessee.  The Colloquium will be held at the […]

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The Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year C, St. Bartholomew’s Church, Nashville

April 03, 2022

“This one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13-14). Today we’re at that […]

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The Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year C, St. Philip’s Church, Donelson

March 27, 2022

“This son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Lk. 15:24). “I told you so”: for some, these are the most satisfying words in the English language. You know the context: […]

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The Second Sunday in Lent, Year C, St. Andrew’s Church, New Johnsonville

March 13, 2022

“Wait patiently for the Lord” (Ps. 27:18) What a difference the context makes when we pray! This Lent that context is shaped by images of war. Not that last year there was peace on earth (there wasn’t): there […]

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The First Sunday in Lent, Year C, St. Mary Magdalene’s Church, Fayetteville

March 06, 2022

“Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world” (Lk. 4:5). There are three temptations in our Gospel today: the account of Jesus’ testing in the wilderness, which we […]

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The Last Sunday after Epiphany, Year C, St. Luke’s Church, Springfield

February 27, 2022

“And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white” (Lk. 9:29). One of my besetting sins is forgetting to pray: when the time for decision comes, or a significant work […]

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The Seventh Sunday after Epiphany, Year C, St. Augustine’s Chapel, Vanderbilt

February 20, 2022

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?” (Lk. 6:32). If our Gospel reading sounded a little out of focus this morning, it was not the reader’s fault. What we heard was part […]

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The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, Year C, St. Matthew’s Church, McMinnville

February 13, 2022

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God” (Lk. 6:20). Each of us has an idea of what it means to be happy. Everyone has their own definition. The Declaration of Independence talks […]

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The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Year C, Church of the Holy Spirit, Nashville

February 06, 2022

“’Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’” (Is. 6:8). Each of us is called by God to his service. It does not matter who you are or […]

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The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Year C, Grace Church, Spring Hill

January 30, 2022

“Love never ends” (1 Cor, 13:8). The last time most of us heard our second reading this morning, from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, was probably at a wedding. The reason for this is not too […]

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Commemoration of King Charles the Martyr, Trinity Parish, Clarksville

January 29, 2022

“But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance” (Matt. 18:4). There’s a plaintive quality to the liturgies that used to mark the […]

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