The Southeast Provincial Convocation will be in Orlando in June. Please see the brochure links below for more information. One change to the brochure information: Archbishop Randolph Adler will be speaking at the opening session on Wednesday evening. Please note the deadline on hotel reservations is May 20.
I had been on my first summer job after high school graduation for about seven weeks when my dad announced a change. He had arranged, against my will and without my permission, for me to work at a general construction company inside the giant Tennessee Eastman Chemical Products Corporation. I was paid $1.65 an hour to work myself to the point of exhaustion each day. “Next week,” he said, “you will start as an electrician’s helper for King Electric Company.” I would still be working inside the Eastman plant and I would make $1.85 an hour. A small improvement, I reasoned.
The next Monday I reported for duty and presented myself to the King foreman. He had me fill out some paperwork and then wait for the electrician to whom I was assigned. As I waited, I thought that this job had to be better than the last. My father was an electrician for Bays Mountain Construction, most of whose employees also worked inside the Eastman. Dad had even given me an electrician’s tool pouch with some tools in it. At least I was moving up in the world!
Friday, April12 at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Selma, founding patriarch , Archbishop Randolph Adler, conferred a special blessing on his successor and current patriarch, Archbishop Craig Bates. To learn more and to listen to both Archbishop Bates’ sermon and Archbishop Adler’s prayer of blessing go to Reconciliation Service in Selma.
The Cathedral of Christ the King
Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 5, 2013
Sermon Link: What Do You Want From God?
As I made a visit to a local hospital early the other morning, a vaguely familiar scent filled my nostrils. It was the smell of concrete—fresh concrete, as in “new construction.” Sure enough, the hospital was constructing an addition which requires lots of concrete. Sniffing the aroma, I was transported back in time.
A few days before I graduated “summa cum barely” from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1969, my father informed me that my summer vacation days were over. Since I played football in junior high and senior high, I never felt like I had a real summer vacation since it always included lots of sweat and two-a-day practices. So, I was looking forward to a full summer vacation–swimming pools, the beach, girls, etc.– before college. It was not to be.
The Cathedral of Christ the King
Fifth Sunday of Easter
April 28, 2013
Sermon Link: Praying for the Sick
So, here’s the question: “What good are sermons?” You may be thinking, “I’ve been wondering that for years!” In evangelical and charismatic churches, the sermon is the center-piece, the focal point, the high water mark of the worship service (as least that’s what pastors think). In liturgical/sacramental churches, it may not be the center of the service but it’s still viewed as highly important.
When I was a young minister starting out, just in my early 20’s, I was told that “For every minute of sermon, there should be an hour of study and preparation.” If every minister did that, even for a short sermon, that would be a chunk of time! Some pastors spend more time in study and preparation than that. Others spend considerably less. Often the prep time is revealed in excellent or pitiful discourses. But what good are sermons?