Karpos Kalos

Wisdom from above is . . . full of mercy and good fruits

I'm on an adventure with a congregation that has been around for over 125 years. Venerable old vines are producing fresh new fruit.

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I am an Episcopal priest serving The Church of the Good Shepherd in the quaint seaside town of Dunedin, FL.

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April 30: What if the scale we've been using to evaluate both God and each other is complete garbage? What if the scale starts and ends with: "You are loved." Find today's sermon here.

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Below Expectations - SERMON

Most of us of a certain age have been evaluated at work on a numerical scale that ranged from 1 - "Below Expectations" - to, say, 14, "Exceeds Expectations." Jesus had earned a "1" from the priests, Pilate, and even his disciples. Jesus' Resurrection did not change the evaluation, it tore up the notion that God has any interest in meeting our expectations at all. Indeed, the Reign of God blows our expectations out of the water.  Read the sermon…

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Posted by Becky on April 30, 2017 at 4:29pm

Dare to Believe - SERMON by Cindy Roehl

Believing what we know to be unlikely, even impossible, seems unwise. But, what if we don't have all the facts yet? Sometimes you don't need to see to believe, you need to believe in order to see. Listen to Deacon Cindy's sermon here.

Posted by Becky on April 23, 2017 at 10:00pm

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WHAT DOES "KARPOS KALOS" MEAN?

"Karpos kalos" literally means, in Greek, "fruit good". The inspiration for using it is James 3:17, which says "But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy." More . . .

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Below Expectations - SERMON

Most of us of a certain age have been evaluated at work on a numerical scale that ranged from 1 - "Below Expectations" - to, say, 14, "Exceeds Expectations." Jesus had earned a "1" from the priests, Pilate, and even his disciples. Jesus' Resurrection did not change the evaluation, it tore up the notion that God has any interest in meeting our expectations at all. Indeed, the Reign of God blows our expectations out of the water.  Read the sermon…See More
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Dare to Believe - SERMON by Cindy Roehl

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Love Wins - SERMON

If God is mostly about damning the unworthy, then didn't death win? I don't think that's what the life, death and resurrection of Jesus show us about God. I think Love wins. Life wins. Hope wins. Here at Good Shepherd, we have a way of celebrating that in one word. To find out what that word is, listen to the sermon here.See More
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5 Marks of Love: Treasure - SERMON

What or who is God's greatest treasure? Psalm 24 says "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." That includes us. Why don't we treat Creation and each other as priceless treasures? It's what Jesus did. Read the sermon here.Note: I'm having technical difficulty uploading the audio file.…See More
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TRANSFORM - the Fourth of the 5 Marks of Love for Lent - SERMON

John Lennon, in his song Imagine, does something I think we should all do: think about what we really want, what we imagine life on earth could be like right here and right now. Theoretically, as Jesus-followers pen their lyrics, they first would consider how God would write the lyrics to the song and try to be consistent. But we can't stop with imagination! In this mark of love, we discern how we live into that imagination, what we need to transform in our lives so the world as it is becomes…See More
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