When Easter doesn’t feel like Easter

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van Gogh’s The Raising of Lazarus

This sermon is offered as part of the Eastertide Sermon Series at Evensong here at Trinity, exploring facets of Jesus’ resurrection.  Today I preach on the resurrection as hopeful; using as my focus a line from the Te Deum, which was just offered by our choir: Jesus “overcame the sharpness of death.” Continue reading

Friday Icon: el loco

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Six years ago, I visited Barcelona with my family in the summer, just before I started divinity school.  I’d just started to admit to people–sometimes for the shock value–that I was headed toward the priesthood.  When we went to the Picasso museum there, I was completely captured by this sketch Pablo made early in his career.  A postcard depiction has been on my desk ever since.  That morning, still jet lagged, I saw Jesus in this man.

Having spent time with homeless men in Durham over the last year, I’d started to meet Jesus again in them.  God has many facets, some of them are manifest in the homeless, in the hungry, in the crazy.  My prayer is to be softhearted enough to recognize God’s presence in the forgotten people I encounter every day.

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What’s Scripture got to do with it?

Mathis_Gothart_Grünewald_019The Resurrection: In Accordance with The Scriptures (part of a sermons series with the Rev. Canon Dane Boston)

This afternoon, in continuing the series begun so brilliantly by my colleague last week as Dane preached on Jesus’ bodily resurrection, I will focus on how Jesus’ resurrection is Scriptural. Continue reading

Jesus is the Answer

That Blessed Dependancy

A Sermon Preached on the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, January 18, 2015

By the Rev’d Canon Dane E. Boston, Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina

Texts: I Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

May I speak in the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Questions. Our readings this morning are filled with questions. We began with Paul asking the Corinthians, “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Do you not know that you are a temple of the Holy Spirit within you? Do you not know that you are not your own?” Then in our Gospel, we heard Nathanael ask Philip, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” just before he asks Jesus, “Where did you get to know me?” And after earnest Nathanael makes his remarkable confession of faith, finally we heard Jesus himself ask, “Do you believe because…

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