I believe that God loves us. Each of us. As individuals.
As a parent loves a child, God loves you.
I believe that this is the story of the Scriptures—that God loved us enough to make us in His image, to deliver us from Pharaoh’s hand, and to send His son to live and die for us.
I also believe that good preaching and liturgy should convey this love over and over. If there’s one message that God wants people to know, and one message that people need to hear, it’s that they are loved. Not for what they are, for the grades they get, for the job they have, for the kind of car they drive. Not because they are perfect—because who can claim that. We’re loved because we are God’s, and we are God’s because we are loved.
In this blog, in my other writings, in my priesthood, and in my preaching, my art, my photography…that’s what I’m seeking to do. Seeking to proclaim that love, feel it, share it, and cast out the fear and shame.
Since 2009 I’ve had the honor of serving as the rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
It’s a remarkable church which seeks to help people connect to God, each other, and the needs of the world.Go to Church Website
“Breaking Bread Together” is a resource for families with elementary school-aged children which establishes the connections between the biblical stories of Jesus and our celebrations of the Eucharist. Because the home is the most important venue for Christian education, this book was designed to become a part of a child’s daily reading repertoire, and serve as a launching pad for conversation between child and parent on the love that God has for us all, and which is supremely evident in the Eucharist.