Inalienable Worthiness – Br. Keith Nelson

Br. Keith Nelson

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Luke 17:5-10

“We are useless slaves; we have done no more than our duty.”
“Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds awake when he comes.”
“Well done, good and trustworthy slave. Enter into the joy of your master.”
“Anyone who wants to be first among you must be your slave.”

Slavery is impossible to avoid in the pages of the New Testament, as we see from a small sampling of well-known passages. Read More

Young Men Sang and Old Men Danced – Br. Mark Brown

Mark-Brown-SSJE-2010-300x299Luke 17:5-10

“We are worthless slaves; we have only done what we ought to have done.”  Worthless and slaves.  With those pungent words an episode in the life of Jesus seems to come to an abrupt close.  The very next verse has Jesus suddenly on the way to Jerusalem, somewhere between Samaria and Galilee where he’s about to heal some lepers.

“We are worthless slaves”.  The Bible doesn’t record what was said after those jarring words. But I’m sure it wasn’t the end of the conversation.  I’ve come to know on no good authority whatsoever what happened next, but I am sworn to secrecy as to the source of this information.  You would have good reason to be suspicious of this source.  But if you’ll hold at bay the fierce dogs of skepticism for just a few minutes I’ll tell you what I heard happened next… Read More


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. Read More