Pregnant on Christmas…

A pregnant girl is the focus of our preparations for Christmas. If not for Mary, there’d be no Child born unto us. Despite being an unwed teen mother, Mary comes to rejoice at her situation. And so, we give thanks that she was chosen to be made pregnant with the Lord, for our salvation. We […]

Pregnant Teen

Tupac Said It: Keep Ya Head Up

We always talk about the cycle of violence. You know, that global cycle of violence that is played out in the ‘hood and favela, the shanty town and the slum, at home and abroad. It results in war and rumors of war…global wars and domestic wars.  With all the advances in technology, the only solution […]

Tupac Keep Ya Head Up

New Years Eve 2013: From Resolution to Apathy

It is that time again, folks! New Years is upon us. It’s time to make resolutions that will be broken in a few days, weeks or months. I know: kind of cynical eh? But you know it’s true. Think about all the resolutions you’ve made over the years…all the habits you would break…all the new habits […]

New Years Eve King David Praise

Gift Returns: I Don’t Want this Jesus

My son made a comment to one of his grandparents: “if I get another gift, I won’t fit in my room!” And the idiot dad that I am said: “Oh yea! Well, I can take them all back!” LOL Now that we’ve had a chance to open all of our presents and spend some time […]

Cry Out in the Wilderness

A sermon from the Second Sunday of Advent, in preparation for the Incarnation, the text is taken from the Gospel of Luke 3:1-6.  In this sermon, Fr. Ballentine encourages the faithful at St. Thomas Episcopal in Coral Gables, to be odd – as John the Baptist was odd and to Cry Out! in the wilderness […]