Harrowing Of Hell

To Be A Disciple of Christ

To watch the sermon click here. I remember a picture that hung on the wall of one of the Sunday School classrooms in the church where I grew up. It was a pastoral scene. Jesus was seated on a large stone beneath a tree, a tree unlike any I was familiar with in West Virginia.

Founding Church Members in the Age of the Holy Spirit

In 2070 I will be 103 years old, and most likely in the columbarium here at Epiphany. And as you stroll by, that is, as some of you stroll by, I hope you say, “Oh, remember Doyt? He was Rector here for a long time.” Hopefully you won’t say, “too long.” Others of you will

Climbing the Mountain of Christianity

Seven years ago, my sister Valerie and I set out to conquer Mount Rainier. The compulsion to climb that mountain set upon me the first time I saw it jutting up on the horizon as I drove south to the airport. There, single and solitary,a majestic point of power ripping out of the earth toward

Ambiguity Capacity as a Kingdom of God Experience

I’m reading a book right now called Nonsense by Jamie Holmes, and in it he makes a claim that grabbed my attention. He wrote: “As uncertainties add up in the world around us, they accelerate our desire for certainty.” When I read this, I was reminded of a sermon I preached on Easter day 2014:

Battle for Christianity – Annual Appeal

I am so glad to be here with you today. I just returned from a board meeting for the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes in Atlanta, and then flew to Essex Connecticut where I preached at Kate Wesch’s installation as Rector at Saint John’s Church. Incidentally, Kate is doing very well, as is her family,

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

I’ve been hearing lately about conversations people have had with family members and good friends who refused to get vaccinated. (disqualify people who are immune-compromised) These conversations are exasperating! Nothing they say inspires their loved one to change their mind. Nothing works. It is crazy making. This is life and death, and there are not