Presumptuous Sins – Br. Curtis Almquist

Romans 7:18-25a
Psalm 19:7-14

In the psalm appointed for today there is a phrase which, in my ears, has a certain poignancy.  The psalmist prays, “Keep your servant from presumptuous sins”i, also translated, “keep your servant from being insolent.”ii Insolent, from the Latin, īnsolentem, meaning “arrogant,” which is an unwarranted pride or self-importance; a haughtiness: presumptuous sins.  Here are two pictures of presumptuous sin, about which I can speak with expertise. Continue reading

Saint James of Jerusalem – Br. Curtis Almquist

1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Matthew 13:54-58

We remember today a follower of Christ, a certain James of Jerusalem, but our memory fails us.  We are not completely sure who this James is.  In the Gospel according to Matthew, we hear that James is called Jesus’ brother.  The same is true in Saint Paul’s Letter to the Galatians: James being named as Jesus’ brother.i Continue reading

Jacob’s Wrestling with God – Br. Curtis Almquist

Pentecost XIX

Genesis 32:22-32

The same night [Jacob] got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Continue reading


A sermon preached at St John’s Cathedral, Jacksonville FL

based on II Timothy 1:1-14 and Luke 17:5-10

My Brother and I would like to express our thanks for your invitation to us to be with you this weekend, and for the warm and gracious welcome we have received. We’re delighted to be here.

Every year several thousand people come through our Monastery—some as guests who stay in our guesthouse; some who join in our worship; some who just drop by to enjoy the stillness of our chapel. Continue reading

Healing Service for Members of the Armed Services and Their Loved Ones – Br. Curtis Almquist

Isaiah 61:1-3

This lesson comes from the writings of the Prophet Isaiah, and Jesus was very familiar with this passage.  We know this because one day Jesus went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom.  He was handed a scroll of the scriptures – it was actually this Isaiah passage which we’ve just heard.  He read aloud the passage and then, in his own words, he said a most startling thing. Continue reading