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Homily for Choral Evensong before Commencement

Ezekiel 36:24-28
Mark 10:35-45

At Commencement at Harvard University, the minister at the Memorial Church renowned preacher, Peter Gomes, used to tell the graduates this famous bible story:
“As they were being driven out of Eden, and at the east the flaming sword barricaded the tree of life and blocked the way back, Eve turned to Adam and said, ‘My dear, we are entering a time of transition.’”

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Good Friday 2014

Isaiah 52:13–53:12; Psalm 40:1-14; Hebrews 10:1-25; John 18:31-19:37

It’s been a hell of a Lent.

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On the feast of St. Michael and All Angels

Monday, September 30

Feast of St. Michael and All Angels

Zechariah 8:1-8 Reading for the Daily Eucharistic Lectionary

Christ Chapel, Seminary of the Southwest


September 30, 2013: Tomorrow the healthcare marketplace will open, and you can register and choose a plan to insure that your costs will be paid if you get really sick. The system will work if enough healthy people sign up, and their premiums will cover the cost of the people who aren’t healthy and who will have a ton of expenses. 

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For the Installation of Cynthia Briggs Kittredge

What a wonderful occasion this is, as Cynthia Kittredge is installed as the 8th Dean and President of the Seminary of the Southwest!   It is a great privilege and joy for me to be here to celebrate with Cynthia, with her family and friends, and with all of you in this seminary community that Cynthia loves so deeply.

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Sermon from September 16, 2013

The lectionary imposes the practice and discipline of reading, studying, and usually, preaching on the appointed texts for the day.

Today this is more of a discipline than a practice for me, because our daily eucharistic lectionary has dealt the 1st letter of Paul to Timothy.

1 Timothy is not a favorite of mainstream historical biblical scholars, with their Protestant preference for the undisputed Pauline letters, the Paul of freedom and transformation. “For freedom Christ has set us free.” 

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