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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Emmanuel, Champaign--John 14:15-21, Acts 17:22-31, I Peter 3:13-22 Many of you know that I am not a cradle Episcopalian. I found Anglican Christianity and the Episcopal Church about 45 years ago, when I was in my early 20s. I was raised in a free-church evangelical tradition, as I suspect some of you were as well. [...]

Fifth Sunday of Easter

St George's, Belleville--John 14:1-15 Jesus is taking leave of his closest disciples. It is the eve of his crucifixion, and they will never see and know him again in quite the same way. They’re not yet aware of all the details, but they know enough to be nervous, to be anxious. Jesus recognizes how they’re [...]

Fourth Sunday of Easter (“Good Shepherd”)

Chapel of St John the Divine, Champaign--John 10:1-10 When I was growing up, I used to enjoy occasionally watching a TV show called Wild Kingdom. Many of you probably remember it. Wild Kingdom was a nature show, letting us take a peek at animals as they actually behave in the wild. Of course, nowadays, you [...]

Third Sunday of Easter

Springfield Cathedral--Luke 24:13-35 Back in the late 1940s, there was a young man named Elson who was from overseas and worked in his country’s embassy in Washington, DC. There was also a young American woman named Elizabeth who had a job as a typist in the same embassy. Elizabeth shared an apartment with her sister [...]

Easter

Springfield Cathedral I've sometimes wondered what it would be like to celebrate Easter in the southern hemisphere: South America, Australia, Southern Africa. It would come right about the time summer turns into autumn. The days would be getting noticeably shorter. At really southern latitudes the leaves might be getting ready to turn, and there would [...]

Good Friday

Springfield Cathedral There are a great many “good” things we can say about the cross of Christ on this “Good” Friday. What took place there was complex, multi-layered, and rich with a variety of meanings. One of these levels of meaning sees Christ on the cross as an example for us to emulate—the supreme example [...]

Fifth Sunday in Lent

St Andrew's, Carbondale--John 11:1-44, Ezekiel 37:1-14 These are tough times we live in, right? I suspect that nobody here this morning wants to disagree with that statement. But I also suspect that no two of us would understand it in quite the same way. We may disagree about exactly what makes the times tough, but [...]

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Christ the King, Normal--John 9:1-41, I Samuel 16:1-13, Ephesians 5:1-14 While I was in college, unlike many of my contemporaries, I never really lost the Christian faith in which I was raised. I struggled with it, and rearranged it, and it ended up in a package very different from what I might have imagined when [...]

Third Sunday in Lent

St Christopher's, Rantoul--John 43:5-42, Exodus 17:1-7 I would suspect that most of you here are not so young that you can’t remember the three Indiana Jones movies from the 80s. Some time ago I found myself watching, on television, the last of the three, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  It's the one where Indiana [...]

First Sunday in Lent

St Paul's, Pekin--Matthew 4:1-11, Romans 5:12-21, Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-17, 25-3:7 One would have to be living under the proverbial rock to not know that the '60s television show Star Trek has become a major cultural phenomenon. The original show itself lasted only three years, but it has been many times more popular in death than [...]