Back east, they tell the story of a young catholic priest who made the mistake of mentioning in passing during a sermon that Jesus was a Jew. No sooner had the words left his mouth than he heard an audible … Continue reading Rescuing St. Matthew’s Gospel from the anti-Semites
We are told that a thousand years after Abraham, around 1300 BCE, we would have found those who were to become the People of Israel living as slaves in Egypt. We are told the man who led them out … Continue reading Cheap tricks & burning bushes
This is the story of a crazy king, a series of wise and resourceful women, and a God who bends the universe towards justice. It is an ancient morality play that helped the people of Israel answer several important questions. … Continue reading A crazy king, a series of wise and resourceful women, and a God who bends the universe towards justice
Today we hear the story of Jesus and the Canaanite woman. It is a hard Gospel lesson. The idea of Jesus turning away a woman’s plea for her sick child is difficult to hear. It is even more difficult to … Continue reading Nevertheless, she persisted
I have pretty much given up trying to write my sermons early in the week. Way back at the start of last week, as you may remember, our principal concerns centered on whether or not a war was imminent between North … Continue reading Walking on Water in the Wake of Charlottesville
Today, many will preach about our reading from Jewish Scripture. Some will wax eloquent while speaking about Jacob wrestling with an angel. Others will instead say Jacob was really wrestling with God. If so, what does this sacred story say … Continue reading Wrestling with oursleves
Today we heard the shocking story of Abraham and his son Isaac” of how God said to Abraham: “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as … Continue reading A Declaration of Independence from Evangelical Hersey
[W]hoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. [(Matthew 10:38) Got that? You and I have to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. Right here in 21st century San Francisco., Right here … Continue reading Take up the cross and follow
And Sarah laughed. God told Abraham that his wife Sarah would become pregnant and give birth to a healthy son. And Sarah laughed. She knew she was too old to convene and give birth. And God laughed right along. Because … Continue reading How to read the Bible Safely
Preached at the 2017 Pride Evensong of Grace Cathedral of San Francisco, CA by The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson, President of Oasis California, the LGBTQ Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of California, and as Vicar of St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church. Fr. Tom also serves as the Episcopal Chaplain at Stanford Hospital.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. Amen.
“Two are better than one,” we learn from tonight’s first reading.
I know that. I mean I really know that. It is a lesson I have learned from my life since meeting my husband at 5:45 p.m. Feb. 1, 1999, at 168 York Street in downtown New Haven, Connecticut. Since that time we have been – and this is in chronological order – recognized as domestic partners by Yale University, registered as domestic partners by the State of California, united in a Civil Union by the State of Connecticut, married at San Francisco City Hall (thank you Gavin Newsome), had our marriage annulled (by the state Supreme Court), married a second time at San Francisco City Hall, and finally had our civil marriage blessed at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church. That’s what it took to be able to legally be married to each other. Continue reading “Resist with pride: a call to the Jesus Movement”