Satan and Evil and Demons - Oh My!

Sermon Preached at St. Barnabas by the Bay Episcopal Church
Villas, New Jersey

4th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7) - Year C
June 20, 2010
To hear this sermon, click here and download the audio file.
For the Scripture readings, click here.


MDA to Lock Me Up "For Good"

I've been "invited" / "nominated" to serve in a lock-up to help the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association - - - a.k.a. "Jerry's Kids") raise money to provide monies for

  • Clinics - expert specialized medical care
  • Research - cutting-edge investigation into treatments and cures
  • Support - help obtaining equipment and coping with challenges
  • Camp - a barrier-free week of fun, friendship and laughter for kids

The MDA has set my bail at $3000. Many of you have gotten an e-mail from me asking for your help. To date, I have reached 14.5% of my goal. I'm getting worried that I may not be able to get out of jail on "good behavior" alone (and those of you who know me well, can probably attest to the challenge that would be). So, I'm asking you all to please help me help the MDA by clicking the link and offering your donation - in whatever amount you can afford ($5, $20, $100, etc.).

OR, you can write a check payable to MDA and send it to me c/o St. Barnabas, PO Box 77, Villas, NJ 08251.

I need to collect my bail by July 21st or I will most certainly be locked up "for good."

Blessings to you all!

Click here to donate: Wildwood/Ocean City Lock Up: Pastor Debra


Proper 5 - Year C

Sermon Preached at St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Stone Harbor
2nd Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 5) - Year C
June 6, 2010

To hear this sermon, click here and download the audio file.
For the Scripture readings, click here.

Loyal Rue, Religion Is Not about God: How Spiritual Traditions Nurture Our Biological Nature and What to Expect when They Fail (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2005), pp. 210-213, 222.

Bernhard W. Anderson, The Living Word of the Bible (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1979), pp. 40-41, 84.

Carl P. Daw, Jr., "As We Gather at Your Table," (Carol Streatm: Hope Publishing Company, 1989) in Thomas A. Boogaart, "Drama and the Sacred: Recovering the Dramatic Tradition in Scripture and Worship," in Touching the Altar: The Old Testament for Christian Worship, ed. Carol M. Bechtel (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2008), p. 60.


The Two Pentecost Letters

According to Diana Butler Bass, as reported by Daniel Burke of the Religion News Service, 150 years from now scholars will look at The Two Pentecost Letters [I am inclined to capitalize these words as scholars now capitalize the words "Luther's 95 Theses" as perhaps one day they will carry the same historical weight] as the moment when the Anglican Communion broke apart.

While none of us will be around to know if she's right, I think all Episcopalians and Anglicans should be familiar with both letters and, if so inclined, ought to actively engage both texts.

Daniel Burke, "Episcopal head lashes out at Anglican `colonial’ uniformity, discipline" Religion News Service (June 3, 2010) available online here [accessed June 4, 2010].

Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, "Renewal in the Spirit: The Archbishop of Canterbury's Pentecost Letter to the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful of the Anglican Communion" available for download as a Microsoft Word document at this site [accessed June 4, 2010].

Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, "A Pastoral Letter to The Episcopal Church" available online in print [accessed June 4, 2010] or here as an audio file here:

For a response from The Rev. Lowell Grisham, spokesperson and co-convener of The Chicago Consultation, click here. The same length provides a summary of the response from Integrity. Their full response, can be accessed here.

To add your own response, please post a comment; if you have not posted before or if you are new to the blogosphere, I recommend reading the Episcopal Cafe's "Feedback and Commentary" notes as they are, I think, one of the better sets of guidelines for Christian dialogue in cyberspace.