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FrSimmons
Waukesha, Wisconsin
I am an Episcopal Priest.
Interests: military history, theology., macintosh computers, computer wargames
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Fr. David weaves in themes from Jonah and Narnia to a sermon reflecting on the state of St. Matthias Parish for the previous year. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Aiya Iluvatar
To all those who have read this blog over the years: Thank you for your readership. This blog is currently inactive for a number of reasons including other projects on the part of authors. To see those, please visit the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at AskThePriest.org
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Goodbye for Now, Bishop Mark: Of all the professors I had in seminary, The Rt. Rev. Mark Dyer was definitely the most unique and interesting. Bishop Mark (as we called him) had a varied career which he was always ready... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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A Sermon for St. Matthias’ 170th Birthday. Since the early Episcopal missionary activity in Wisconsin under James Lloyd Breck, our church has been on the edge of change in the church. As we move forward, we must bring out all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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Render to the emperor what belongs to the emperor, and to God the things that are God’s… Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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"It’s Not Fair!!!!" Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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As I thought about the BLOGFORCE Challenge this week, a blog post I did on the passing of the Rev. Howard Surface in 2011 came to mind. I think it sums up everything I would want to say. I honestly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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This was my sermon for 9/7/14, after a difficult pastoral week. Today In Newport, Wales they gather, Allies forged by the Second War To End All Wars. An almost giddy feeling pervades the gathering As the menacing bear threatens again... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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Why Anglicanism? Because the genius of Anglicanism is that it is by definition a temporary state of affairs. Ever since seminary, I have been deeply interested in Ecumenism. How do we see ourselves as part of the wider Christian family?... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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BLOGFORCE SCRAMBLE! TREC "A Word to the Episcopal Church.": A BLOGFORCE challenge for reflections on the new paper on church governance. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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Star Wars, play, and story: priestly formation | Covenant: I have often thought that some of my best formation on learning to preach the story of Jesus came from my time as a GameMaster. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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​The 12 Most Obnoxious Dungeons and Dragons Monsters Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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So, “Why the Church?” is our BLOGFORCE topic for the week. The answer, I think, is fairly simple. It’s found at the end of Matthew’s Gospel, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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I’ve been a Chief Election Inspector in the City of Waukesha for about three years now. People often ask me questions about the nitty gritty of the election process. One I hear a lot has to do with primary elections,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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A sermon using Jesus’ Parable of the Weeds & the Wheat, The Simpsons, and the Jesus of Sinai icon to explore divine mercy and judgement. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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In a recent episode of Acts8’s “The Collect Call,” I tendered a correction on the origin of the common commemoration of Sts. Peter and Paul. That citation came from a truly remarkable book that I wish was better known in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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About a week ago, I went about installing a Do It Yourself Fusion drive in my MacBook Pro (Mid–2012 Non-Retina Display). What’s a Fusion drive? Its a hard drive that combines the blazing speed of a Solid-State Drive (SSD) with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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So the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby came out today, and the reactions are predicable. The reaction that I find problematic is that from some on the right that this decision is some sort of victory for “Religious Freedom.”... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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Human cultures of violence react with violence to Jesus proclamation of a culture of peace. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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“Therefore, Father, through Jesus Christ your Son, give your Holy Spirit to N.; fill him with grace and power, and make him a priest in your Church.” As a “Professional Christian,” there are many times when I skeptically wonder if... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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Drawing on Pentecost and the writings of Barbara Brown Taylor, this sermon from the Rood Screen addresses the local stabbing of a twelve year old by two of her classmates. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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A Sermon from the Rood Screen about Paul translating the Gospel into philosophical terms and how that calls us today. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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One of the things that has been going around in my mind the last couple of days is a question of how the lack of real response to Crimea’s annexation and the undoubtedly upcoming annexation of more Ukrainian territory will... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
"Loving Thomas", a Sermon from the Rood Screen 4/27/14 Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar
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Meditation From the Holy Saturday Matins service of the Byzantine Rite A fearful and marvelous mystery is today beheld being accomplished: The Incorporeal is conquered; he who freed Adam from the curse is bound; he who tries the hearts and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Aiya Iluvatar