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Pentecost on the Psych Ward

A couple weeks ago, I started working as a chaplain intern in a psychiatric hospital. My Sundays suddenly look like worship in a hospital cafeteria, where 50-60 patients shuffle in and together form a shifting blend of prayers, songs, tears, laughs, and shouts, slightly different from moment to moment and week to week. There's an… Continue reading Pentecost on the Psych Ward

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mental health & wellness, ministry, Scripture, spiritual, theological

Get Up and Eat: A Sermon on Depression

As Mental Health Month draws to an end...here's a sermon on depression that I offered toward the end of my preaching class Fall 2017. I don't suppose it's perfect, but I do believe it reflects something of God, God's Word, and God's activity in my life. *** A reading from 1 King 19:1-8. “Ahab told… Continue reading Get Up and Eat: A Sermon on Depression

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Voluntold: A Homily for the Feast of St. Matthias the Apostle

Offered today at the noon Eucharist at Church of the Holy Family... Acts 1:15-26 Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, "Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested… Continue reading Voluntold: A Homily for the Feast of St. Matthias the Apostle

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Imagination: A Sermon

A sermon offered in preaching class... “I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may… Continue reading Imagination: A Sermon

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Some Words on Wordlessness: A Sermon

A sermon offered in Preaching class last week... “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit… Continue reading Some Words on Wordlessness: A Sermon