"Putting on the Armor of God"

Proper 16.B.18
Ephesians 6:10-20
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

I am a woman of a certain generation who was born and raised in Virginia. Therefore, I’m quite familiar with the importance of what it means to put on one’s armor. No, I’m not talking about donning chain mail, sword and shield. I’m talking makeup.

"When You Discover You are Goliath"

Proper 7.B.18
Samuel 17:1a, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

David & Goliath is one of the great biblical stories. It has all of the elements making for a fine tale: an improbable hero as well as an evil protagonist, a slim chance for success, daring and action and, at the final moment, victory. From a theological point of view, it is a story of how God chooses the weak among us to shame the proud, and in the form of a short story it tells us that “pride goeth before a fall.”