I love watching the Summer Olympics! My favorites are the women’s gymnastics, the swimming and diving—mainly because I could never do any of that. These men and women are the physical gods of our time, the result of a lifetime of pain and sacrifice, human beings reaching for the divine. In that vein, one Olympic […]
I want to tell you the story of a great athlete and the boy who looked up to him. The athlete was a legendary football player- one of the all time greats. In one of his first college football games, he ran a 64-yard touchdown. At that same game, a 15 year old snuck in […]
A couple weeks ago I didn’t want to go to school. I asked my mom if I could stay home and take a “mental health day.” Begrudgingly and with a sigh that I knew all too well, she said yes, but she also said, “You know, when you’re in college and the real world, you […]
George Eliot’s Middlemarch, published in 1872, is one of the great novels of our time. Virginia Woolf called it “a magnificent book which for all its imperfections is one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.” I think Eliot’s rapier insight into human nature is close to Shakespeare’s or Faulkner’s. The central characters […]
Preached during the First Sunday of Lent, Christ Episcopal Church, Charlottesville, VA. February 22, 2015.
I would like to start by saying thank you to all of you here at Christ Church, to Paul and Dave Johnson, to Dave Zahl, thank you for welcoming Courtney and me into your lives four years ago, for supporting us and keeping us in your thoughts and prayers, and for welcoming me back here […]