22 February 2023
Topic: Amazing Grace , Ash Wednesday , Joy , Lent , Truth
Book: 2 Corinthians
Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31). This is what Ash Wednesday is all about: telling the Truth to the LORD – having the courage to tell the LORD what he knows we really are. In doing so, we put down our masks, and come to the realization that Christ really and truly loves us.
5 February 2023
Topic: Epiphany , Horatio Spafford , Joy , Peace , Suffering
Book: 1 Corinthians
When we focus on Christ instead of complaining about the many hardships in our lives, we become a witness to the Gospel. Our lives become saturated with the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding. This doesn’t make any sense if you don’t know Christ! This is how Spafford could write a hymn praising the Lord mere days after all his children died in a shipwreck.
27 March 2022
Series: Lessons 2021-2022
Topic: Discipline , Joy , Lent , Lessons
While it may seem counterintuitive, there is great joy to be found in the disciplines of Lent. Listen as the Bishop-retired explains the meaning of Lenten joy.
16 January 2022
Book: 1 Corinthians
Christian marriage, for all its human imperfections, is the greatest representation of God’s love and joy for His people, lived out through Christ and His Church, and celebrated both temporally and eternally in the Holy Eucharist.
26 December 2021
Topic: Christmas , Incarnation , Joy , Truth
The Christian celebration of Christmas extends well beyond the limits of its cultural and commercial celebration. As the world is quick to abandon the celebration of Christmas, the holidays become absent of joy – because they are starving for truth. They are held by a pagan law, spiritually starving. At Christmas, in Christ’s Incarnation, we boldly proclaim the miracle that sets us free from the law of sin and fills us with eternal joy, because joy doesn’t come from a holiday, but from Christ himself.
12 December 2021
Topic: Advent , Incarnation , Joy
We rejoice because the Lord is near to us. We do not serve some faraway God who sits up in an ivory tower, nor do we serve some “divine clockmaker” who wound up the gears of space and time and then stepped back to watch without any involvement. We are instead blessed by a Lord who knows each and every one of us intimately, who took on our very flesh to dwell among us, and who promised to come again one day and redeem all of creation.
28 November 2021
Book: 1 Thessalonians
The season of Advent prepares us for the Second Coming of Christ. It is a season of anticipation, and of expectant waiting. Yet our waiting in life is not a mere waiting to die. All of us are tempted to live out our days as if we were waiting to die, but our time on earth is much more than that. For Christians, we are not waiting, worrying until the clock runs out, but instead preparing for the dawn of eternal life in Christ Jesus.
27 June 2021
Book: 2 Corinthians
For those who live in the United States, the ingredients of worldly happiness are right there in front of us. Almost anything we want can be ordered online and arrive at our doorstep in two days or less. We have access to all of humanity’s knowledge and information on our laps and in our pockets. And social media provides us a limitless release of dopamine and an endless supply of ideals to chase after. Ironically, none of these riches make us any happier. The more stuff we get, the more stuff we desire. So where is true happiness to be found?
9 May 2021
Book: 1 John
Sermon given by the Rev. Mark R. Galloway (Bishop-retired) on 5/9/2021 (6 Easter). Most of us have plenty to be joyful for. So why aren’t we happy? Christians indeed must be joyful, for having received the gift of eternal life. Listen as the Rev. Galloway unpacks Psalm 33.