Candle in a Cave

The sermons and thoughts of the Rev. Dr. John Toles, Episcopal Priest

Sermon: Pentecost 11 / Proper 16 – “It’s Not Over”

We can become like the Israelites in captivity or the disciples who sat at the foot of the cross and watched the life of Jesus slowly slip away. “Has God rejected his people? By no means!” But “Who will rescue” us? “Who then can be saved?” Jesus’ answer, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Three days after his crucifixion Jesus rose from the grave. “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

21 August 2014 · 1 Comment

Sermon: Blind

I believe the one who leads us astray most often is ourselves. We get so focused on what we are looking for that we fail to even notice those things that God would have us focus on. To borrow the words of Professor Zajoc, we need that “inner light,” but in this case the light we require is that of the Holy Spirit.

19 August 2014 · Leave a comment

Sermon: Pentecost 9 / Proper 14 RCL A – “Walk on the Water”

Who here knows about the Kobayashi Maru? Anyone? To know the answer means that you are a Trekkie, that is, one who enjoys Star Trek and the adventures of Captain … Continue reading

7 August 2014 · Leave a comment

Sermon: Transfiguration

In 1909, Robert Stanton wrote an article in the New York Times regarding a journey to the Grand Canyon. Speaking of its colors and immensity he wrote, “But look again! … Continue reading

5 August 2014 · Leave a comment

Sermon: Pentecost 8 / Proper 13 RCL A – “Gift and the Giver”

There is a story involving Yogi Berra, the well-known catcher for the New York Yankees, and Hank Aaron, who at that time was the chief power hitter for the Milwaukee … Continue reading

2 August 2014 · Leave a comment

Article: Noisy Prayers

St. Bernard of Clairvaux was traveling with a poor, uneducated farmer, who boasted, “I’m never distracted when I pray.” Bernard objected, “I don’t believe it. Now let me make a … Continue reading

31 July 2014 · Leave a comment

Sermon: Power of the Mustard Seed

I saw an interesting movie this past week: Lucy. The story is based on the scientific premise that we as human beings only use 10% of our brain. It then … Continue reading

28 July 2014 · Leave a comment

Sermon: Pentecost 7 / Proper 12 RCL A – “Prowls Around”

When I lived over around Butte, I had friends that had a ranch up in Brown’s Gulch. It was a wonderful place to visit, shoot gophers, and go elk hunting. … Continue reading

26 July 2014 · Leave a comment

Sermon: Mary Magdalene

In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.” If you belong to the world, it would love you … Continue reading

22 July 2014 · Leave a comment
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