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Debra Bullock
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Cultivating the Spirit of Faith within
St.
Paul and I have a contentious relationship.   So much so that when he is talking (or writing) I have a tendency to
dismiss him out of hand. Because really can the same guy who is credited with
writing, “wives be subject to your husbands” really have any...
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The Feast of the Procrastination
I preached this sermon on Sunday, May 13 at St. Mark's in response to the Reclaiming Jesus Declaration. The declaration can be read in its entirety here .   Friday
night at 7:25 p.m. I wrote this sentence. It’s not that I didn’t want to write
it earlier. It...
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The Way Out
Sermon for Lent 5B John 12:20-33 Today’s Gospel passage ends
rather starkly and perhaps somewhat cryptically:   “Now is the judgment of the world; now the
ruler of this world will be driven out.” [1]   In John’s Gospel “the world” is consistently
described ...
The Way Out
The Way Out
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May these words become flesh
Lent 1B ( Mark 1:9-15 ) I
like Mark’s telling of Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness.   It may seem odd, but I like it because of its
sparseness: “He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was
with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on ...
May these words become flesh
May these words become flesh
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Becoming the Story We Tell
Epiphany 4B ( Mark 1:21-28 ) Rector’s Annual Report In today’s reading from Mark, we have a story of Jesus
healing a man with an unclean spirit. [1]   Stories of Jesus’ healing are not uncommon in
our scriptures. They can be found in each of the gospels: th...
Becoming the Story We Tell
Becoming the Story We Tell
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. . . a People Called to Get Up and Go!
Epiphany
3B ( Jonah 3:1-5, 10 ) Today’s
reading from Jonah begins in an odd place – “The word of the Lord came to Jonah
a second time. . .” [1]   Our lectionary can be funny that way,
dropping us into the middle of a story and leaving us wondering, “Wait? W...
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Something Good
Sermon Preached at St. Mark's Episcopal Church John 1:43-51 / Epiphany 2B On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0
earthquake’s epicenter struck just 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, the capital
city of Haiti.   The next 12 days sent at
least 52 aftershocks mea...
Something Good
Something Good
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A People Called to Become the Story We Tell
Sermon Preached at St. Mark's Episcopal Church Feast of the Baptism of Jesus Mark 1:4-11   A little more than a decade ago, I stood in front of a
small congregation in southern New Jersey. There were maybe 60 people in the
pews that day.   It had been about...
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Can't Wall God In
Sermon for Advent 7B (4B) 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16, Canticle 15 God will not be contained by our
imaginations.   If there is ever a time
when we need to be reminded of this truth, it is a day when the morning brings
this last Sunday of Advent and the night bring...
Can't Wall God In
Can't Wall God In
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The Year without the Christ
Sermon preached on December 16, 2017 St. James Cathedral (Chicago, IL)  On the occasion of the ordination of Joseph Butler, Shay Craig, Brian Prall and Scott Lybrand Zaucha to the Sacred Order of Deacons   What on earth are we doing here?   Scott, Shay, Bri...
The Year without the Christ
The Year without the Christ
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