The Second Sunday in Lent, Year B, Church of the Redeemer, Shelbyville, February 25, 2024

February 27, 2024

“Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things” (Mk. 8:33). Peter can never get it quite right. No sooner has he confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, just […]

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Wednesday in the First Week of Lent, Church of the Epiphany, Lebanon, February 21, 2024

February 25, 2024

“For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be to this generation” (Lk. 11:30). What is the “sign of Jonah”? There are three versions of Jesus’ saying about […]

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The First Sunday in Lent, Year B, St. Augustine’s Chapel, Vanderbilt, February 18, 2024

February 18, 2024

“Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God” (1 Pet. 3:18). The morning after Monday night’s “wintery mix” this past week, I snapped a picture of […]

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The Last Sunday after Epiphany, Year B, St. Matthew’s Church, McMinnville, February 11, 2024

February 12, 2024

“Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here…’” (Mk. 9:5). Peter was speaking the truth: it was good for the disciples to be with Jesus, to see the glory of the Lord. […]

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The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany, Year B, St. Peter’s Church, Columbia, February 4, 2024

February 04, 2024

“In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed” (Mk. 1:35). Our Gospel today is taken from the first chapter of Mark, from the […]

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Celebration of New Ministry, St. Michael’s, Cookeville, the Rev’d T.J. Azar, January 31, 2024

February 01, 2024

“They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority” (Mk. 1:22). In our Gospel reading, we catch Jesus at the beginning of his ministry: fitting enough, as tonight we celebrate the new ministry […]

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The Second Sunday after Epiphany, Year B, Holy Trinity Church, Nashville, January 14, 2024

January 14, 2024

“The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me’” (Jo. 1:43). Jesus called twelve apostles to be his followers, to be his inner circle or small group. He was […]

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Commemoration of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, Communion Partners Meeting, Canterbury Conference Center, Oviedo, FL, January 10, 2024

January 12, 2024

“Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it” (Matt. 10:39). The court is still out on William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury: the court, that is, of […]

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The First Sunday after Epiphany: The Feast of the Baptism of Christ, Year B, Church of the Epiphany, Sherwood, January 7, 2024

January 07, 2024

“The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders” (Ps. 29:3). “Onomatopoeia”: that’s a spelling bee word for a particular phenomenon where the word that’s coined resembles the sound that’s made. You know […]

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Christmas Eve, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, December 24, 2023

December 26, 2023

“Light has sprung up for the righteous, and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted” (Ps. 97:11). They say that when the universe came into being with a big bang, the explosion was accompanied by an initial flash […]

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The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B, St. Mark’s Church, Antioch, December 24, 2023

December 24, 2023

“Let it be with me according to your word” (Lk. 1:38). Every so often, things pivot on a single moment. Our Gospel reading is a case in point. When the angel appeared to the Virgin Mary with the […]

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The Third Sunday of Advent, Year B, St. David’s Church, Nashville, December 17, 2023

December 18, 2023

“Among you stands one whom you do not know…” (Jo. 1:26). Jesus is at the center of every Gospel story, the “reason for the season” as people say; but in our reading today we encounter him on the […]

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St. Lucy of Syracuse, Tennessee Laymen, Church of the Advent, December 13, 2023

December 14, 2023

“Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns” (Rev. 19:6). This evening we commemorate St. Lucy of Syracuse, a young Sicilian woman martyred in the great persecution under the Emperor Diocletian in the fourth century. Our saint […]

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The Second Sunday of Advent, Year B, Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville, December 10, 2023

December 11, 2023

“The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mk. 1:1). Christians talk about “the four Gospels” (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), but it’s actually only Mark who uses the word “gospel” or “good […]

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The First Sunday of Advent, Year B, Church of the Advent, Nashville, December 3, 2023

December 03, 2023

“Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in clouds’ with great power and glory” (Mk. 13:26). “Hey, man, what’s up?” By the time I was a boy in the 1960s, “man” had become the generic honorific […]

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Proper 29, Year A, St. Anselm’s Church, Nashville, November 26, 2023

November 27, 2023

“God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead” (Eph. 1:20). In our second reading today, the apostle Paul is praying a blessing upon his parishioners in Ephesus. Paul is a pastor, tending […]

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