About the Content
This blog includes sermons (my own), other writings (both mine and quotations from others, properly cited), and some poetry and artwork (always someone else’s, always cited as such). I want to say two things about the sermons in particular.
As a young priest, every time I preach is an opportunity for me to learn more about the work of sermon-writing and sermon-delivering. Readers of this blog will see the ways in which my sermons have changed and continue to change and, I hope, improve. Everything here categorized as a “Sermon” was written to be preached. Good preaching sometimes demands a style rather different from what good prose otherwise allows. Though I always re-read and re-format material for posting, I ask the reader to forgive any inelegancies or awkwardness in grammar, diction, and especially punctuation. I am not re-writing sermons as essays, but offering them as near as possible to the way they were originally preached.
And if it is not too presumptuous, the one other thing I want to address is plagiarism. In recent years there have been several minor scandals in which it has become apparent that a preacher—in some cases a fairly prominent preacher—has been cribbing all or part of another person’s posted sermons and then delivering them as his own. (A female preacher could conceivably be guilty of homiletical pilfering, but I say “his own” because all the stories I have heard have been about men.)
I honestly cannot imagine someone wanting to plagiarize my work. My style is fairly distinctive—usually rather serious and a bit overwrought—and not, I think, one that most preachers today are going for. But if a reader stumbles upon this blog and finds a phrase, a point, an image, or a whole sermon that he or she finds helpful, let me say to that person: use it. I would appreciate some form of attribution, if that is possible. But it is much more important that the truth of the Gospel be shared. If I, by God’s grace and the Holy Spirit’s prompting, reflect a little bit of that Gospel light in something I have written, my sincere hope is that that glimmer will reach as many people as possible whether my name is connected to it or not.
“Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the Gospel. What then? Notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.” (Philippians 1.15-18)