What “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Taught Me About Advent

  The Rev. John Drymon St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Batesville, Ark. December 2, 2011 Having spent three years reading for Holy Orders and living on Chelsea Square in New York City, I have a special place in my heart for Clement Henry Moore, one of General Theological Seminary’s founding faculty members and donor of the property on which the seminary … Read More

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

The Rev. John Drymon St. Paul’s, Batesville November 6, 2011 All Saints’ Sunday Until the adoption by the Episcopal Church of the Revised Common Lectionary a few years ago, the first reading on All Saints Day, from the book of Ecclesiasticus, began thusly: “Let us now praise famous men.” While the new lectionary has unfortunately dropped the reading, I think … Read More

Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires

The Rev. John Drymon St. Paul’s, Batesville Reading about the current “Occupy” movements, which began in lower Manhattan over a month ago and which has now spread to cities all over the world, I came across an interesting take on American socio-economics and culture from John Steinbeck. “Socialism never took root in America,” Steinbeck said, “because the poor see themselves … Read More

Frenemy

The Rev. John Drymon St. Paul’s Episcopal, Batesville, Ark. The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 25, Year A October 23, 2011 Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Matthew 22:34-46 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. The great English writer G.K. Chesterton once said of today’s Gospel, “Jesus here tells us to love our … Read More

Being Known By God

The Rev. John Drymon Saint Paul’s, Batesville, Ark. October 16, 2011 The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 24, Year A Isaiah 45:1-7 In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. As tempting a text as this morning’s Gospel is, especially since most of you should have received your pledge cards in the … Read More

Rebuke and Renewal

The Rev. John Drymon Saint Paul’s, Batesville The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Proper 17, Year A August 28, 2011 Matthew 16:21-28 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. As you may remember from last week’s Gospel, blessed Peter—who seemed to have made a career out of getting Jesus’ message wrong—finally got … Read More

On Holy Silence

The Rev. John Drymon St. Paul’s, Batesville August 7, 2011 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 14, Year A 1 Kings 19:9-18 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. As many of you know, I spent last week at Camp Mitchell (our diocesan church camp) with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders from … Read More

The Apostle’s Anguish

Rev. John Drymon St. Paul’s, Batesville July 31, 2011 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Proper 13, Year A Romans 9:1-5 It is a bit difficult making sense of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans if we only read the letter as it is presented to us in church. This shouldn’t surprise us. If one were to receive a letter (which happens less … Read More

On Prayer

Rev. John Drymon Saint Paul’s, Batesville July 24, 2011 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 12 1 Kings 3:5-12; Romans 8:26-39 There are few things as potentially amusing and as potentially instructive as listening to a small child pray. It is typically a mix of both the amusingly selfish and the inspiringly selfless, expressing those two truths about all … Read More