Following the Good Shepherd

A Meditation for Good Shepherd Sunday (May 7, 2017)So I suppose the obvious topic for a reflection on Good Shepherd Sunday is… well… sheep!But I am not a farmer, I have never lived on a farm, in fact I don’t know that I have ever lived particularly near a farm. I’m a vegetarian, so I don’t eat mutton. Really, my knowledge of sheep pretty much begins and ends with a couple of nice wool sweaters that I own. And in Georgia, you don’t even need to wear those very often!But I’m not just tr … [Read more...]

“We have been given the Holy Spirit”

Jesus returned to Nazareth, the town where he had been brought up. And on the Sabbath day, he went to the synagogue, as was his custom. On this particular day, he was appointed to read, and the passage for the day came from Isaiah — the same passage we heard, just a few minutes ago.Jesus unrolled the scroll, and found the place where the following words were written:The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,because he has anointed meto bring good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim r … [Read more...]

Mary and Martha are Sisters

A sermon preached at First Baptist Church, Springfield, Ohio, on October 26, 2014Scripture: Luke 10:38-42When I was a little boy, my brother took me to the theater to see my first movie. It was called The Parent Trap. While younger members of the congregation may remember the 1998 version starring Lindsey Lohan, those of you who are about my age will, no doubt, agree with me that there really is only one version of this film, the 1961 version, which was originally billed as “starring Ha … [Read more...]

Our Choices Determine Who We Are

A reflection given at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Artane, Dublin, Ireland, on September 28, 2014Scripture: Ezekiel 18:25-28, Philippians 2:1-11, Matthew 21:28-32It is said that actions speak louder than words. It has also been said that our choices determine who we are, or perhaps, who we shall become. Our lessons today highlight this essential spiritual principle. Ezekiel reminds us that when we blame God for our misfortune, often the real cause of our distress lies far closer t … [Read more...]

“Where Two or Three Are Gathered”

A sermon preached at First Christian Church of Decatur, Decatur GA, on September 4, 2011Scripture: Matthew 18:20“Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”What an amazing statement for our Lord to make. He did not say, “Wherever a properly licensed minister of the Gospel shall be, I am there, ” or “Wherever an accredited Bible scholar shall teach, I am there” or anything like that. He promised his presence to Christians — to all Christians! — wherever and wh … [Read more...]

“He Climbed a Tree to See Him”

So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. (Luke 19:4)When I was a boy I loved to climb trees. We had two pine trees in our back yard, and one of them I could only climb up maybe five feet or so, but in the other, larger one I could get at least ten or twelve feet off the ground, which was pretty high for a ten year old kid! How fondly I remember my clothes and limbs covered with dust when I would finally descend from the branches. Even … [Read more...]