GRACE TO YOU AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. AMEN. It has been almost eleven years since the event that changed many lives in Nickel Mines, Penn. It was the day that Charles Roberts IV walked into a one room school house in an Amish community, ordered the men and boys to leave at gun point, tied up ten little girls, aged 6 to 13, killed five of them, injured the others, then killed himself. Charles’ parents ...

I don’t know about you, but I hate conflict. I go out of my way to avoid it. I know that is not always a good thing. Sometimes you have to confront things head on for the good of all concerned. The scripture readings today give us advice on how to handle conflict. The toughest conflict is that which happens within a family. I can tell you from experience of being a police chaplain, the calls that the cops dread the most are family disturbances...

My time at Camp Crucis recently reminded me of my days as a Boy Scout. My old friend, Fr. Moseley, or Father Salt as I like to call him, was a fellow Scout, and we went on many camp-outs together. We learned many things about camping. We learned to prepare our gear, shop for food, prepare meals, and best of all we learned how to put up tents and set up camp. It was fun, too! Part of the fun was finding the best place to set up camp. We would h...

The Kingdom of Heaven
Sermon / July 30, 2017

This Sunday we have heard a group of parables about the kingdom of heaven. The last two Sundays we heard about the sowers of seeds, and how the word will be heard by many, and accepted by few. This was something new to the Jews, who frankly did not know much about the heavenly realm. They were more worried about earthly realms, and the kingdom of Israel in particular. The Jews to whom Jesus was speaking knew something about kingdoms....

Fishers of Men
Sermon / July 23, 2017

This past week Laurie and I were at Camp Crucis for the Confetti conference. And for added fun we had our grandson Wyatt with us! Confetti is a multi-age conference for K through 5th grade, and there had to be over a hundred fifty kids there. A fellow priest that I have known since we were boy scouts and I served as the spiritual directors for the week. We taught two sessions each day, one for the younger group and the other for the ...

The Spirit of God lives Within You
Sermon / July 16, 2017

“You are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you.” Romans 8:9 When I woke up this morning, my back and my knees reminded me that I am still in the flesh There are several interpretations of St. Paul’s teaching about the flesh. Some focus on the temptations of the flesh, as in every conceivable thing that he teaches against. He lists them in the letter to the Galatians, chapter 5: Now...