Tradition and Novelty: Eli and Samuel

By Sam Keyes At the start of 1 Samuel 3, the Old Testament lesson for the Second Sunday after Epiphany this year, we heard this startling line: “And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no ... Read More...

Spiritual Sacrifices: A Sermon for Seminarians

Only in light of the confession of Jesus as Lord can we come to a right understanding of who we are. The church is indeed holy, a temple enabled to offer sacrifice. But its holiness is derivative of his, its sacrifice is the pleading of his for the sake of the world.

Exilic Ministry: A Sermon for Seminarians

The real struggle in the next generation will be to understand ourselves, as the people of God and not just conglomerations of individuals, in the light of our exilic condition. It will be the underlying test for Anglicans in the Global North. How do we come to understand ourselves as a people with a different narrative, as a people against culture’s grain, beyond the immediate political answers we might give?

John and Peter, patterns of holy life

Jesus’ words in the Gospel today reveal how Peter and John would die, but also how the disciples provided patterns for two different states of life: the active and contemplative.
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Poor Peter

Peter’s qualification to lead was not based on his talents or suitability, his virtue or freedom from error, but simply on his vocation, his calling.