March 19, 2020

God’s word has been particularly rich these past few weeks. As usual, the psalms have spoken livingly and honestly into this season of uncertainty. Monday, the lectionary directed us to Psalm 37. 

March 25, 2020

During this coronavirus season, Sally and I are taking immune-strengthening vitamins daily. Basic preventive medicine, if you believe such things. Spiritually, the Psalms are similar – preventive vitamins for the soul.

April 2, 2020

As the realities of coronavirus settle in, we’re hearing a consistent message: this pandemic is reshaping our entire society in ways that touch every one of us and death will be part of life for all of us.

April 8, 2020

Last week, we reflected on Jesus’ determination to walk unflinchingly toward Golgotha, to the cross. His death is our door to life . “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14).

April 30, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, I have been reading through the Daily Old Testament Lectionary readings from Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. It’s been a rich journey, shaping my thoughts, prayers, and teaching more than I expected. Last Sunday I preached on Luke 24:13-35, the Road to Emmaus...

May 20, 2020

Israel’s calling as God’s people in the world was tied directly to the land of Palestine. That physical land was the center of God’s Kingdom in the world where distinct elements of his plan for redemption and blessing converged...

April 16, 2020

King David says in Psalm 16:3, “As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones in whom is all my delight.” 

St. Paul prays for the Ephesians “that the eyes of their heart may be enlightened, so that they may know what is the hope of your calling, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance...

May 6, 2020

In the past two weeks, the COVID-19 conversation has turned to “reopening for business.” We are lurching and stuttering toward a return to normal. State governments are processing out loud, reading daily status reports, and unveiling a broad range of shifting possibilities for reopening. Reflective of the current state of our union...

May 27, 2020

I’ll start by setting the record straight: my message today riffs off another sermon. Sally and I worshipped with St Andrews Anglican Church in Gambrills, MD, on Sunday, and Rector TJ Thigpen delivered a powerful message based on 1 Peter 4:12-18. It is a message we all need to consider. Therefore, I’m riding TJ’s coattails, recapitulating some...

April 23, 2020

Each week, as I sit down to write a new “Words of Hope” I open last week’s letter, change the number and date on the header, and save the new document in my file. Changing the number of the week at the top – Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 – is like a bell’s deep toll sounding the passing of time. It’s inescapable: we are six weeks into a changed way of life...

May 14, 2020

We who serve the people and mission of the Diocese of Christ our Hope think and talk about hope often. Scriptures that mention hope get our attention. As we entered this pandemic, we shifted the title of our newsletter from AnchorLines to Hope in Times of Pestilence. Why? We want the people of our Diocese to understand the substance...

June 3, 2020

So many words have been written and spoken about the events of the past week. I hesitate to pile on. Most of us are tired of words. We long for a silence that is fruitful, thoughtful, healing. We’d like to talk together, not just at each other. We ache for action, if it could make a difference...


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