Blog archives

  • For the past few years, many St. James parishioners have been involved with Justice Knox. This organization is a coalition of more than 15 congregations in the Knoxville area that seeks to identify community problems, research solutions, and advocate for changes in policy. Some of you have been to t... [read more]
  • I believe that Christ calls us to see our unity with each other. At the same time, we can celebrate the unique incarnations that we are. It isn't an either or reality. The truth is that the church that bears Christ's name hasn't always done so well with loving all neighbors. We have sometimes been ... [read more]
  • Once again, the divisions and disparity along lines of race have been clearly revealed. There is a different quality to the response this time. I am encouraged by that and also cautious. I am also challenged to look deep within to wrestle with the prejudice I carry and to see how I have participate... [read more]
  • The word on the street is that folks are doing web searches for "prayer" or "how to pray." In light of that, I want to offer this brief video on a simple meditation practice I learned through the work of author and teacher, James Finley. https://youtu.be/vcRFmHLu1lw
  •  April 25 is the feast of St. Mark the Evangelist. I have a fondness for this day as this saint was also known as John Mark. Hey, same as me! There are a few things about the story of Mark that also stick with me.  John Mark is traditionally believed to be the author of the Gospel of ... [read more]
  • Jesus stood among the disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and terrified and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Luke 24:36-37 NRSV Those early disciples were terrified when the risen Jesus stood among them. Any of us would be shocked and frightened if someone w... [read more]
  • As we all keep our distance during this time of COVID-19 we are hearing some messages telling us how this is a great time for self-improvement. I get it. I was thinking that it would be a great time to get back to yoga, meditate, read, clean, try new recipes, have deep conversations with my family,... [read more]
  • Greetings, my friends. I write this as most of us are staying home during this time of the global COVID-19 pandemic. While we are all figuring out how to work from home many of us are also seeking ways to pray during this time. Maybe that is one gift of this time. So many people are hungry for som... [read more]
  • John Mark wanted to welcome you and let you know that he truly appreciates you spending time here at this new blog. Everyone is so busy and life moves pretty fast, so he really does appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to check it out! Thanks. Another thing, always feel comfortable to le... [read more]