Throughout the four Gospels there are several times when Jesus takes what his religious culture considers normative and turns it upside down. Today we have an example of Jesus’ topsy-turvy teaching. The scene is set at a well in Samaria. The two characters are a Samaritan woman and Jesus. She is at a disadvantage becau…

LENT2A 2017 – JMA+ On my office desk I have a simple piece of artwork. Some see it as abstract. Other’s don’t. It is made of wood and can be held in your hand. In fact, if you hold it in your hand, the message within the art is unintelligible. If you sit it down and gaze at it from a distance, most people can see the h…

I enjoy history. I delight in listening to a person’s personal history. I like learning about American history and Biblical timelines and contexts. I find classic cars thrilling and many old movies beguiling. My own memories often tickle me. I believe history provides understanding that allows us to live healthier in t…

Last Sunday’s Super Bowl between the Patriots and the Falcons was captivating and unpredictable. Even so, I recall another game that caught my attention. It didn’t have the same dynamics as the Super Bowl and it wasn’t widely publicized, but I recall reading about a High School football game that took place in October…

The late George Burns once said, “The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.” Well, George; we’ll see. Immediately following the countercultural blessings called the Beatitudes, Jesus takes three images and tells the people intrigued by…

This year, St. Paul’s will take part in a parish-wide Lenten program called 5 Marks of LOVE. It is a discipleship offering inspired by the Anglican Marks of Mission. During this six-week series, we will be examining and reflecting on the ways in which God’s Life and God’s Mission express themselves through us. We will…

The Rev. John Atkins will arrive at St. Paul’s February 1. His first Sunday will be February 5. His sermons will be found under this heading each week!

St. Paul's is located at 33 W. Dixon Ave, Dayton, OH 45419; phone: 937-293-1154; fax: 937-293-3723 Office hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.