Friday, October 28, 2016

Update on Mission in the Diocese of Texas

At every clergy conference in the Diocese of Texas we end with an address by the Bishop Diocesan. This is my talk from the 2016 conference updating the diocese on our past commitment to the mission of the church and our future commitment.


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I am glad I am not like those other people!

Sermon preached at St. Paul's Waco and St Thomas College Station

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Who Is Jesus Speaking To?

Sermon preached at Heavenly Rest, NYC

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What Exactly Is Jesus Up To?

A sermon remembering Vida Scudder

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We Like to hide our Looser Status from God by Pointing out Others

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A snippet from clergy conference hymn sing

Every year at clergy conference we do a hymn sing, this was just a bit...

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  • "Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process." Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • "Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer." Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • "Perfection, in a Christian sense, means becoming mature enough to give ourselves to others." Kathleen Norris
  • "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." John Wesley
  • "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." G. K. Chesterton
  • "One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a spectacle which makes our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans." C. S. Lewis
  • "When we say, 'I love Jesus, but I hate the Church,' we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the church seldom asks us for forgiveness." Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
  • "Christians are hard to tolerate; I don't know how Jesus does it." Bono
  • "It's too easy to get caught in our little church subcultures, and the result is that the only younger people we might know are Christians who are already inside the church." Dan Kimball