Preaching and Teaching

Saul’s Conversation after Encounter the Outsider, Risen Christ on a Flight to Pittsburgh

Fr. J. Devin Rodgers Last week I purposely broke one of the rules of pastoring. “Never tell anyone you are a clergy person on an airplane.” There are few reasons for this rule. The first reason is avoiding unnecessary Bible thumping. If you’ve ever been on a flight across the continental United States being drilled […]

Locked Doors

Fr. J. Devin Rodgers One of the iconic images of the Episcopal Church, and our church, is the image of the Red Doors. Oftentimes this is how people identify their local parish. “Oh! That’s the church with the Red Doors.”  In fact this is how our church is often described in the Bexley. If you […]

What is Truth?

Good Friday – Fr. Devin Rodgers What is Truth?Pilates words hover in the space between him and Jesus. Jesus utters no response. The two men, both kings, in utterly different senses of the word, stare at one another. No truth is spoken. There are two truths present in this exchange – but in reality there […]

Easter Advent? (It’s not a thing… Or is it?)

Laetare Sunday- Fr. J. Devin Rodgers Silence the noise in our soul. Empty us of cravings for things of this world that do not truly satisfy. Fill us with the bread of your presence and the living water of your mercy. – Amen This past week one of my clergy colleagues shared a post on […]

Ah Sunflower

Lent 1C – Fr. J. DevinRodgers Ah Sun-flower! weary of time, Who countest the steps of the Sun: Seeking after that sweet golden clime Where the travellers journey is done. Where the Youth pined away with desire, And the pale Virgin shrouded in snow: Arise from their graves and aspire, Where my Sun-flower wishes to […]

Ashes for the Co-Creators

Ash Wednesday- Fr. J. Devin Rodgers En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo. Amén (+) Three ladies emerged from the kitchen of a small Mexican bakery in San Francisco’s Mission district. They stood before my colleague Sarah and m. I dipped my index finger into the small bowl of ashes, […]

Ascending and Descending from the Mountains

Transfiguration- Ms. Kayla Aspeslagh Transforming God, stir our hearts and minds and let these words be yours. Amen. Mount Tabor is the site said to be the location of the Transfiguration of Jesus. While I have never been there, this Colorado girl is all about the mountains and their magnificence. Mountains are particular and poignant. […]

Let Go!

Epiphany 7C – Fr. J. Devin Rodgers Recently I’ve been interested in the work of poet Diego Perez. He writes behind the pen name “Yung Pueblo” or “Young People” a literary nod to his Latin American roots and a reminder that humanity in the grand scheme of the whole of Creation is quite young and […]

Hallelujah in the Streets

Epiphany 6C- Fr. J. Devin Rodgers “The kingdom of this world Is become the kingdom of our Lord And of His Christ, and of His Christ And He shall reign for ever and ever” Hallelujah! Hallelujah! The triumphal sounds of the Hallelujah Chorus poured over me. Deep rich voices of baritones, echoed by sopranos,  blasting […]

God Wears Purple and Orange Socks

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany – Fr. J. Devin Rodgers It was my first football game as a band director. The students were lined up for uniform inspection, and she had the audacity to show up wearing a pair of purple socks. Actually the socks weren’t purple, they were purple and orange striped! Those […]