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Thoughts on life and faith in Arlington, Texas and the Anglican Communion by a young Episcopal priest.
Fr Knox On The Immaculate Conception
2019-12-10 03:14
On this year's feast of the Immaculate Conception, here is an excerpt from a sermon of Father Ronald Knox who argued that not only are Anglicans permitted to believe in the Immaculate Concep… Read More
What's Wrong With The 2019 Prayer Book?
2019-05-30 21:03
To the Bishops and Delegates of the Anglican Church in North America:In the third century, Tertullian wrote: “We feel pained should any wine or bread, even though our own, be cast upon… Read More
Is Judas In Hell?
2018-05-09 23:24
The question came up during our lectionary Bible study for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year B since Judas and his betrayal and end is mentioned in both the first reading and the gospel. He… Read More
2018-02-27 20:06
An inexpansive free verse.I tried to join the Masons because it was freeBut then I discovered I had to buy my apron.(I didn’t know they baked their own bricks.)The Communist party look… Read More
ACNA, Part 1: The Bishops
2017-11-14 03:55
I wanted to collect some thoughts on the issue in light of the recent conclusion of the theological study and it's consideration by the bishops. It may be useful to you as well. I initially… Read More
2017-05-08 02:06
I'm still not sure about the wisdom of the approach. It's basically about whether engagement with the world or riding out the storm is the better approach. I need more digestion of these ide… Read More
Our Mission To Muslims, Week 4
2017-03-26 00:27
This week, we watched the video below of apologist Jay Smith examining how the Qur'an and Muhammad hold up in the light of critical scholarship.The BBC documentary from Tom Holland's work th… Read More
2017-03-26 00:13
The Muslim view of GodThe substance of Islamic theology is summed up in six articles of faith: Belief in Allah as the one true God, belief in Angels, belief in Scriptures (Taurat, Gospel and… Read More
Altar Guild Talk On Sacred Space
2017-03-14 06:18
Creation of ParadiseTo my mind, the best image to illustrate God’s creation is the reliquary. It is so beautiful, we might be forgiven for missing the point. It is only a beautiful dis… Read More
Our Mission To Muslims, Week 2
2017-03-13 18:29
This week, we had the first in our two session crash course covering Muslim doctrine and practice. Week 3 will cover the Muslim view of God, Muhammad, and the Qur'an.First, we followed up on… Read More
2017-03-06 07:01
On the First Sunday in Lent, I gave and educational message about having a rule of life. Notes are below. Rule (regula) is the pattern, model, or example by which we wish to intentionally… Read More
Our Mission To Muslims, Week 1
2017-03-06 06:46
These are some notes and videos from our Friday Lenten Study Series at S. Francis Anglican Church in Dallas on the topic of "Our Mission to Muslims."We started off with an oldie, but goodie:… Read More
Getting Ready To Get Ready?
2017-02-13 05:06
A few years ago, Father Allen reinstituted the parish observance of the pre-Lenten season, or what is sometimes called Shrovetide. It was abolished in the revision of the calendar with the n… Read More
Sanctity Of Life Sunday
2017-01-16 01:19
Sanctity of Life Sunday is usually the Sunday closest to January 22nd, the day in 1973 that the US Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal in all nine mon… Read More
Hosanna To The Son Of David
2017-01-03 05:40
This Christmastide, Ive been reading from Raymond Brown's monumental work The Birth of Messiah. In the second appendix (pg 505ff), he considers the issue of the Davidic descent of Jesus.Brow… Read More
Advent 1: Always Be Ready
2016-11-28 06:21
For those many of you who have been requesting that I post my sermons, here you go.Today we begin the season of Advent. But we must remember that the Christian life is an ongoing advent expe… Read More
A Pilgrimage
2016-07-22 15:53
 Last Saturday, my family and I began a journey. We set out on a drive to Delafield, Wisconsin with a lay-over in Kansas City to visit my sister and brother-in-law. It's a long drive (a… Read More
My Own Introduction
2016-07-13 20:18
I'm throwing my hat over the fence. On Saturday, I'm leaving for my sabbatical in Wisconsin where I'll be doing research for a book I'm calling Holding the Bible Hostage: How our culture sha… Read More
Sermon Reflections On St. Mike's
2016-06-29 05:43
Jesus said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” From the Gospel according to St Luke, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son… Read More
Two Views Of Jesus: Borg Vs Wright
2016-06-10 03:16
 One of the best books, and very accessible to the typical layman in the pew, is The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions, written together by Marcus Borg and N. T. Wright. They are both criti… Read More
2016-06-08 19:12
In the epistle for today's Daily Office readings, one verse that stood out was Galatians 5:6 "In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is of any avail, but faith working throu… Read More
2016-04-08 18:54
It’s almost a joke that among Bible scholars, whatever name is on a book of the Bible is not the person they think actually wrote it. They rightly remind us that many ancient documents… Read More
On The Lord's Descent Into The Underworld
2016-04-08 18:47
From an ancient homily for Holy Saturday: Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence be… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
I've always loved speculation about alternative history. What if the Roman Empire had not fallen? What if America had not revolted? What if the Confederacy had won the Civil War? or Presiden… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
My great-grandfather's sister, Lillie Matkin, was the last survivor to be rescued from the rubble after an F-5 tornado struck downtown Waco on May 11, 1953. In the deadliest tornado in Texas… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
It is remarkable how sometimes the scripture readings in the lectionary correspond to events unfolding in the world around us! It is a reminder that God’s Word always has something to… Read More
2016-03-19 18:53
This weekend, local Episcopalians are reflecting on the Texas Supreme Court's Friday ruling which overturned the lower court's ruling in favor of TEC and sent the case back for trial on n… Read More
2016-03-03 03:45
I’ve wrestled for months about whether to write this. Now I’m breaking my own rule to not publicly take sides about candidates in political races (although I’m happy to tal… Read More
2016-01-16 19:44
Given at Hamilton, Dublin, and Comanche Texas on 20 January 2013 If you had conducted a survey of American clergy 100 years ago and asked if they were in favor of gay marriage, I’… Read More
2015-11-23 05:39
1. It just feels more real. I’ve been to a decent number of NFL games, and each one I attended felt like I was at the taping of a TV show. Because I was. Don’t get me wrong… Read More
2015-11-21 06:05
The question has come up lately in light of Syrian refugees and the problems of security risks coupled with receiving such refugees (especially knowing that one of the culprits of the Paris… Read More
2015-09-29 18:05
Pope Francis' homily at Vespers in St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York during his visit to the United States included one paragraph that prompted screaming headlines like "Pope Said Christ F… Read More
2015-09-29 03:15
In the Archbishop of Canterbury’s recent invitation for a gathering of Anglican primates, he noted, “We have no Anglican pope. Our authority as a church is dispersed . . .”… Read More
2015-08-05 03:00
(Delivered to a chapter of priests of the Society of the Holy Cross.)“They offered him wine mingled with myrrh, but he would not take it.” (Mk 15:23)Today, as we celebrate this v… Read More
2015-08-01 03:16
I supposed Planned Parenthood has pulled out all the big guns in doing damage control after the recent undercover videos leaked their practice of selling fetal body parts. In a recently resu… Read More
2015-07-30 03:52
DISCLAIMER: I want to make one thing clear so there’s no confusion, and that is that we’re not talking about salvation here or “how to be saved.” We’re talking… Read More
2015-07-27 00:43
And I thought I'd post them here so I could remember what I said and find it again.I posted this comment to one of George Takei's FaceBook post which is based on an opinion piece he wrote fo… Read More
2015-04-06 01:39
Not too long ago, I heard an interesting ad on the radio. It was for a lighting company that was having a sale. I think they specialize in novelty lighting for parties and concerts. They tol… Read More
2015-03-11 19:52
The short answer is no. Let me explain why; the explanation is important because the truth is important. This post is written in response to an old high school friend and pastor, Justin Evan… Read More
2015-02-12 02:00
I came across a delightful passage this afternoon from a book called Liturgy for the Layman by Luwig Winterswyl that I just had to share:"The Christian who prays through Christ to God the Fa… Read More
2014-12-26 01:45
One of the things I like most about the Christmas season are the carols. It only occurred to me recently that so many of them came to us from Anglicans. That reminded me that even our popula… Read More
2014-12-23 06:45
Probably the most recognizable Advent tradition is putting a tree in your home and decorating it for Christmas. The trees came to Britain after Prince Albert, the German husband of Queen Vic… Read More
2014-07-22 19:44
When we were expecting a child, my wife and I came up with a list of 20 names—some from the dictionary of saints, and others from our heads. We finally settled on Madeline, which is th… Read More
2014-07-22 19:24
Perhaps like me, you have watched with growing alarm the Jihadist trail of conquest of the new group called ISIS—the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria. It has left a path of destruction… Read More
2014-07-13 01:13
When I was growing up, we attended the First Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA. My father worked in the sound booth at the back of the balcony in church. So I’d often get to go up with… Read More
2014-07-05 21:56
Today we begin our sermon series: “A Summer of Saints." It’s a good day to do so, not just because it’s the second Sunday of the summer, but more importantly, because it is… Read More
2014-06-24 21:05
Ecclesiology has to do with the theological self-understanding of the church. One popular concept among some Anglicans today is the “three streams, one river” approach. In his ar… Read More
2014-06-09 02:51
The biblical charism of speaking in various unknown foreign languages (called glossolalia) fell upon the apostles on Pentecost. By praising God this way, the gospel was understood by outside… Read More

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