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The throne of grace (Fr. Oliver Butler)
The throne of grace (Fr. Oliver Butler)

October 10, 2021. Mark 10:17-31. What kind of throne does God sit on? Fr. Oliver explores the concepts of law and grace in the Gospel of Mark, and how Jesus surprises everyone over and over with the love and grace of God. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash.

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Beyond good intentions (Bp. James Stanton)
Beyond good intentions (Bp. James Stanton)

October 3, 2021. 1 Kings 8:22-30. St. John’s celebrates its 75th birthday with Bishop James Stanton as our guest preacher. He reminds the parish that we need to live out the church’s mission. Listen to the sermon.

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The Passions (Fr. David Houk)        
The Passions (Fr. David Houk)        

September 19, 2021. James 3:16-4:6. James’s epistle is about faith in action. In today’s passage, he diagnosis the problem: the reason our lives are not full of peace, gentleness, and mercy is because of our “passions.” Fr. Houk expounds on this in terms of our inordinate, neurotic desire for power/control, affection/esteem, and safety/security. Listen to

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Partiality and the poor (Fr. David Houk)        
Partiality and the poor (Fr. David Houk)        

September 12, 2021. James 2:1-5,8-10,14-18. James challenges us to check our preconceived preferences and use God’s corrective lenses as we look around our world. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Josh Calabrese on Unsplash.

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Go! Get after it! (Fr. Oliver Butler)
Go! Get after it! (Fr. Oliver Butler)

September 5, 2021. James 1:17-27. What does the Christian life look like? What should it look like from a distance to onlookers? Fr. Butler looks at the first chapter of the book of James and reflects on the correlation between our faith and our actions as a response to the invitation Jesus gives us to

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The uncontrollable heart (Fr. David Houk)        
The uncontrollable heart (Fr. David Houk)        

August 29, 2021. Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Jesus takes on the Pharisees, Scribes, and tradition of the elders about what makes a person clean and unclean. It seems that God is interested in something else. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Thula Na on Unsplash.

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Obey your thirst (Fr. David Houk)        
Obey your thirst (Fr. David Houk)        

August 15, 2021. John 6:53-59 Most of us are out of touch with our deepest longings and desires. But Jesus invites us to tap into our deepest thirst, with the promise that his blood is real drink. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Arnie Watkins from Pexels.

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Filled full (Fr. Oliver Butler)
Filled full (Fr. Oliver Butler)

August 8, 2021. John 6:37-51. Jesus doesn’t want us to “bonk” as we run the race of life, so he invites us to fill ourselves with his body. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Jeremy Lapak on Unsplash.

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Vacation (Fr. David Houk)        
Vacation (Fr. David Houk)        

August 1, 2021. John 6:24-35. We are inclined to think of Christianity as something we do for God. Fr. Houk sees Jesus’s words as an invitation to go on vacation. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Marko Kelecevic on Unsplash.

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Seasick (Fr. David Houk)        
Seasick (Fr. David Houk)        

July 25, 2021. Mark 6:45-52. Jesus puts his disciples on a boat where the wind and the waves bring up that seasickness called fear. And then he speaks the healing word. Listen to the sermon. Artwork by Rembrandt

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Ingraciated (Fr. Randy Melton)
Ingraciated (Fr. Randy Melton)

July 4, 2021. 2 Corinthians 12:2-10. Fr. Melton reflects on Paul’s words that God’s grace is sufficient for us, and how it comes in unpredictable moments and unexpected ways. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash.

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The Great Conundrum (Fr. Herb DeWees)
The Great Conundrum (Fr. Herb DeWees)

June 20, 2021. Job 38:1-11, 16-18; Mark 4:35-41;5:1-20. God’s sovereignty is unfathomable; nevertheless we can always trust in his Fatherly care. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Derek Thomson on Unsplash.

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Too big for your britches (Fr. David Houk)        
Too big for your britches (Fr. David Houk)        

June 13, 2021. Ezekiel 31:1-6,10-14. St. Mark 4:26-34. Jesus uses two parables to teach his disciples that life is meant to be lived in the present, with an acknowledgement of our smallness. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Varun Gaba on Unsplash.

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You are what you eat (Fr. David Houk)        
You are what you eat (Fr. David Houk)        

Corpus Christi: June 6, 2021. St. John 6:47‑58. As young Christians receive Holy Communion for the first time this Sunday, Fr. Houk reminds us that we receive the Body of Christ to be the Body of Christ in the world. Listen to the sermon. Photo by James Coleman on Unsplash

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For God so loved (Fr. Oliver Butler)
For God so loved (Fr. Oliver Butler)

Trinity Sunday. St. John 3:1-17. The love of the Father, the active love of the Son, and the Holy Spirit who holds it all together: this is the love that will never abandon us. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash.

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Aaron, Jesus, and you (Fr. David Houk)        
Aaron, Jesus, and you (Fr. David Houk)        

Easter 7: May 16, 2021. Exodus 28; St. John 17:11‑19. Priests are called to bear the heaviness of human life and carry the lightness of being loved by God in their hearts. Listen to the sermon.

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Active Love (Fr. Oliver Butler)
Active Love (Fr. Oliver Butler)

Easter 6: May 9, 2021. St. John 15:9-17. Fr. Butler looks at Jesus’ simple command: “to love” and explores what God’s love looks like, for us and through us. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash.

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God’s gym (Fr. David Houk)
God’s gym (Fr. David Houk)

Easter 5: May 2, 2021. St. John 14:15‑21. Jesus said to his disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Fr. Houk suggests that the Church is an integral part of the way we put this into practice. Listen to the sermon. Photo by John Arano on Unsplash.

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Homily for Deacon Roger Button’s requiem
Homily for Deacon Roger Button’s requiem

­Preached by Fr. David Houk at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dallas, May 1, 2020 2 Corinthians 4:16–5:9 I met Roger Button in 2011. I was on the diocese’s Standing Committee when he was in the ordination process—also known as the Bataan Death March for those who have been in “the process.” It really is a

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Sheepish (Fr. David Houk)
Sheepish (Fr. David Houk)

Easter 4: April 25, 2021. St. John 10:11-16. Despite the sermon’s title, the sermon, like today’s Gospel, is more about the Good Shepherd than the sheep. Listen to the sermon.

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Disorganized religion (Fr. David Houk)
Disorganized religion (Fr. David Houk)

Easter: April 4, 2021. St. Mark 16:1-8. Mark’s Gospel leaves us hanging with bewildered witnesses of the empty tomb. It’s almost like God is happy to work with imperfect and unpredictable people. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Pisit Heng on Unsplash.

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Imagery of Ultimate Love (Fr. Oliver Butler)
Imagery of Ultimate Love (Fr. Oliver Butler)

Good Friday: April 2, 2021. St. John’s Passion. We watch in shock and disbelief as Jesus is crucified. The imagery is hard, but if we look closer it’s the ultimate image of love that bears our burdens. Listen to the sermon.  

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YOU wash somebody’s feet (Fr. David Houk)
YOU wash somebody’s feet (Fr. David Houk)

Maundy Thursday: April 1, 2021.  St. John 13:1-15. Fr. Houk wrestles with foot-washing and challenges all believers to take it beyond the liturgy. (Note: pardon the weird echo in the first minute of the sermon.) Listen to the sermon. Photo by Matthew McCarthy on Unsplash.

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The Invitation of Holy Week (Fr. Oliver Butler)
The Invitation of Holy Week (Fr. Oliver Butler)

Palm Sunday: March 28, 2021. St. Mark’s Passion. Fr. Butler looks at how we welcome the Messiah on Palm Sunday, only to call for his crucifixion days later on Good Friday. As Holy Week begins, we can choose to be present as the climax of the Christian story unfolds. We are invited to take up

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