Making Space For God

In today’s Gospel we read of Jesus being tempted in the Wilderness. Well it must be Lent if we are getting around to this passage. Unlike the other well-known accounts of Jesus’s temptation, Mark is remarkably short with this moment in Jesus’s life. We do not read of the number of ways Jesus is tempted by the... Read More

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Rite of Passage

Our reading from 2 Kings today is one of my favorite from this book. We read of two great people in Scripture, Elijah and Elisha. The student and the master. It is no accident that their names sound similar. It can be easy to get confused and tongue twisted over Elijah and Elisha. This is intentional because the... Read More

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Transformation to Discipleship

This year marks my fourth year as your Vicar. It has been a great joy being with you as your priest. Throughout my time, at various points in my preaching and at other opportunities, such as today, I have endeavored to gently hold before you the truth regardless of how painful that may be at times.   We stand, as... Read More


The Desire to Follow Jesus

What is it about Jesus that is so compelling? What did those first disciples see in Jesus as he walked along the shore calling them to follow him? This is a fascinating passage from Mark in that Mark points to the charismatic energy of Jesus. For reasons unknown in this passage, Simon, Andrew, James and John leave... Read More

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Becoming Who We Are Meant To Be

When you were baptized, did you notice anything different? For most of us the answer inevitably is no. We were either baptized as an infant. In many ways our baptism is like many other significant moments and changes in our lives, whether it be a birthday, getting married or even going on retreat, we may not... Read More


Guides to the Divine

Part of what makes Christianity and how we express our faith through the Anglican Tradition difficult for some is that so much of our language is wrapped up in metaphor. We are constantly looking to describe and provide meaning for things we cannot see or explain. No one has seen God in the flesh per say, nor do... Read More


Bearing Witness to Christ

In the same way Advent can be seen as Mary’s month in that we follow closely with her and Joseph as they prepare for the birth of their son, so too can Advent be seen as John the Baptist’s month. In a way, this is John’s moment. Jesus’s moment is coming soon, very soon where he will then steal the show so to... Read More

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Jesus is Coming, Look Busy

Every once in a while I think it may be kinda neat to have a large banner created that could dominate the Windsor side of the church. The banner would be for Advent and would read something like: “Jesus is coming, look busy.” Welcome to the second week of Advent where we hear the cry from John the Baptist,... Read More


New Year Resolutions for St. Martin's

So how many of you have made New Year resolutions? How many of you have completed any New Year resolutions? Today we begin a new year in the life of the Church as we enter once again into Advent. So, let me be the first to wish you a Happy New Year! Advent is one of my favorite seasons. These next four weeks are... Read More

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Finding Common Ground

For so many this passage from Matthew’s gospel comes across as a “Feel Good” passage. At last we hear and read about the good works that we need to do as a way of following Jesus. Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and the many other virtuous acts we may associate with being the Church. While there... Read More