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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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Why the Law doesn’t work (Fr. David Houk)
Why the Law doesn’t work (Fr. David Houk)

Lent 5: March 21, 2021. Jeremiah 31:31-34; St. John 12:20-33. Jeremiah promises a new covenant when God will write the Law on the human heart. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Péter Török on Unsplash.

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Why are you so angry? (Fr. David Houk)
Why are you so angry? (Fr. David Houk)

Lent 3: March 7, 2021. St. John 2:13-22. Jesus gets angry at the Jerusalem temple. Like, really angry. Fr. Houk offers some ideas about dealing with anger in a Christ-centered way. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Icons8 Team on Unsplash.

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Giver or taker? (Fr. David Houk)
Giver or taker? (Fr. David Houk)

Lent 2: February 28, 2021. Genesis 22:1-14; St. Mark 8:31-38. How we think about God will fundamental influence we hear Jesus’ words to take up our cross and follow him. Listen to the sermon. hoto by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash.

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The bow in the clouds (Fr. Herb DeWees)
The bow in the clouds (Fr. Herb DeWees)

Lent 1: February 21, 2021. St. Mark 1:9-13. God never promised us a rose garden; but he gave us an eternal sign of His covenant love for us. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Yulia Gadalina on Unsplash.

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On Epiphanies (Fr. David Houk)
On Epiphanies (Fr. David Houk)

Last Epiphany: February 14, 2021. St. Mark 9:2-9. On the last Sunday after the Epiphany we hear about Jesus on the mount of transfiguration, burning brightly in the knowledge of God’s love. We all need an epiphany to get us through dark days. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Júnior Ferreira on Unsplash.

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The Business of Busyness (Fr. Oliver Butler)
The Business of Busyness (Fr. Oliver Butler)

Epiphany 5: February 7, 2021. St. Mark 1:29-39. In 2021 it is easy to get a lot done all at once, even easier to take on too much, which means life’s busyness is sometimes unavoidable. Fr. Butler looks at Jesus’ life and ministry–a very busy and demanding time–explores Jesus’ response to it as one we

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Unpuffed Love (Fr. David Houk)
Unpuffed Love (Fr. David Houk)

Epiphany 4: January 31, 2021. 1 Corinthians 8:1b–13. Knowledge can go to our heads. But Christianity is concerned with transformation, not information. Listen to the sermon.

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Jesus’ inaugural address (Fr. Herb DeWees)
Jesus’ inaugural address (Fr. Herb DeWees)

Epiphany 3: January 24, 2021. St. Mark 1:14-20. Mark’s Gospel immediately begins with Jesus’ preaching of the Kingdom of God. Fr. Herb describes the three-fold meaning that the Kingdom is at hand. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Arturo Rey on Unsplash.

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Listening to God (Fr. David Houk)         
Listening to God (Fr. David Houk)         

Epiphany 2: January 17, 2021. 1 Samuel 3:1-20. The story of young Samuel’s call instructs the boy to say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.” Fr. Houk talks about how we can all grow in listening to the voice of God. Listen to the sermon. Photo by C D-X on Unsplash.

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Getting dirty and getting clean (Fr. Oliver Butler)
Getting dirty and getting clean (Fr. Oliver Butler)

Epiphany 1: January 10, 2021. St. Mark 1:7-11. Fr. Butler talks about Jesus’ baptism and ours. Listen to the sermon. Photo by mrjn Photography on Unsplash

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We three gifts (Fr. David Houk)
We three gifts (Fr. David Houk)

Christmas 2: January 3, 2021. St. Matthew 2:1-12. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh show us who Jesus really is. Listen to the sermon. Photo by Inbal Malca on Unsplash

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