James Liggett

Jim Liggett Episcopal

Biography

The Rev. James Liggett is the retired Rector of St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church in Midland, Texas, where he currently lives. He is a widower, a native of Kansas, and a graduate of the University of Houston and the Episcopal Divinity School (class of 1977). In the 40 years of his active ministry, Fr. Liggett served a total of six parishes in Kansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. He also taught Philosophy part-time in a number of Community Colleges for about 30 years. He has been a contributor to Sermons That Work since the 1980s. His son and daughter-in-law have blessed him with a beautiful, brilliant, and well-behaved grandson.

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January 16, 2005

Last Sunday’s readings talked about baptism and identity, and included that wonderful sentence from Isaiah, where God says to Israel, to Israel’s servant, and to us, three things: God says, “I have called you in righteous-ness, I...

October 24, 2004

We say in the Declaration of Independence that everyone is created equal. In general, we know better than that. All of us are not equal in most things. We are not equal in height, in intelligence, in ability, in our opportunities in life...

August 15, 2004

Many times, when we read a contemporary book, we pass right over the short quotation many writers include in the very beginning to sum up the meaning or theme of their book. However, one contemporary novel has a great opening quotation...

June 13, 2004

It would be interesting to look more closely at the last two stories we have just heard. They are great stories, and really very important. They both talk about the same things, and they both say two of the really important words of the...

April 25, 2004

For centuries, in many parts of the Early Church, virtually all baptisms were reserved for the Great Vigil of Easter. The entire year was built around this, and the centrality of Easter Baptisms was shown in many ways. One of these ways...

February 15, 2004

If there is a single central theme or image to Epiphany, it is light. Epiphany begins with the light of the star leading the Wise Men; and it ends with the shining radiance of Jesus' garments at the Transfiguration. In between, this...

December 21, 2003

The Gospel today, like the date, brings Christmas very near. As our attention turns to Mary and the birth, we are back in step with the world. Life out there is reaching its own peak of anticipation for Christmas; and those haggard and...

December 14, 2003

Remember when you were expecting your first child? Most of you know what that's like. It was really something -- keep it in mind. That feeling is probably clearest today, the third Sunday of Advent. This day is traditionally called "...

July 27, 2003

Last Sunday, with the story of the feeding of the 5,000, we started a sort of Gospel mini-series. That story of Jesus providing food for the crowd was full of images of both the Last Supper and of the Eucharist; in fact, it was really...

June 29, 2003

"He strictly ordered them that no one should know this...." What a peculiar way to end a miracle. After all, this is the sort of thing everybody was looking for; this is the sort of thing that would be great press; and it was the sort of...

December 25, 2002

Have you ever noticed that when you get together with your family and start telling stories about when you were growing up, or what happened years ago, the same events sound very different as different people tell the story? Depending on...

December 24, 2002

That story, the Christmas story, and all that goes with it, continues to draw us; it continues to have a strange, haunting power over us. And that power is not just nostalgic; it is not even mostly nostalgic. As important as Christmases...

December 22, 2002

The last candle is lit. Ready or not, Christmas is upon us. Ready or not, we will be back here Tuesday night to meet our Lord as he comes to us as a child; and to pray that we may continue to meet him, as he comes to us in so many ways,...

May 12, 2002

Today is the Sunday after the Ascension; and this year we hear Luke tell the story of the risen Lord's departure from his disciples. The Ascension is probably not the best known of the feast days on the calendar, but it is one that takes...

April 7, 2002

The disciples were behind locked doors because they were afraid. They were behind locked doors on Easter Day, and a week later, they were still huddled behind locked doors, frightened, hiding, and, at least in Thomas' case, filled with...

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