Homilies from 2013

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Learning with John the Baptist

In last week’s Gospel we heard John the Baptist say, regarding our Lord, “His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire”. Dr David Knisley, a retired history professor at Mars Hill College […]

Cultivating the Humility of the Tax Collector

The Gospel reading for today includes a great parable from Jesus that we probably get immediately, especially here in the South. For if we native southerners were taught anything growing up it was that bragging and arrogance are bad. This has been ingrained so deeply in us that sometimes we have trouble promoting ourselves in […]

Being Jesus In Today’s World

This month’s Scriptural emphasis here at Grace is on humility. I have asked you to join me taking a meditation card with you each week and learning the verse on it by heart. The idea is to carry it with you throughout the week and looking at it various times each day and spending a […]

Jesus Heals Ten Lepers

I want to begin the homily this morning with a bit of a disclaimer. What I want to say is that I know that there are myriad things that we do as a parish that involve your giving of your time. I also know that this month of October is unusual in the number of […]

The Call to Follow Jesus

As we hear Jesus say that in order to follow him, we must hate our relatives and even life itself, we are all sort of taken aback, aren’t we? We must really be careful to interpret and put His words in context lest we misunderstand Him. In saying that one must hate our relatives and […]

A Woman Healed on the Sabbath

I heard a segment on NPR the other day about JAZZ. They were saying that Jazz is making a COME-BACK across Our nation. Recording sales are up. JAZZ CLUBS are springing up. Courses like JAZZ IMPROVISATION are popular on college campuses. The ICONS and ROLE MODELS of this movement are the Jazz Greats Who came […]