In the Garden of Darkness

Dear Readers,

View the video clip below or go to and listen to or view the sermon, The Glory of God, by Fr. Michael Petty.  

The Reverend Doctor Michael Petty

Listening or viewing will require only 18 minutes and 30 seconds of your time and I guarantee it will be worth both viewing and listening.

Dr. Michael Petty, delivered his sermon, The Glory of God, on the Fifth Sunday in Lent, 2012, at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Tallahassee, FL.  A brief biography  is below.

It has been my privilege, for over 10 years, to be challenged by the teaching of Fr. Petty.  He is both my mentor and friend.  In addition to being a brilliant theologian, he is also one of the most humble and devout Christian disciples that I have ever known.

Notice the focus of the sermon:  Scripture.  [No  jokes, no personal stories, no “fluff.”]

[Correction:  There are two phrases of witticism.]

For the next several days, I will focus on the themes of the Paschal Mystery.

I will resume the themes that I have introduced [Worldviews; Healing Gardens] after Resurrection Sunday.

Biography from

Fr. Michael Petty is a native of West Virginia and grew up in Houston . He was educated at Austin College (B.A.) and Vanderbilt University (M.Div., M.A., Ph.D.)

During his over twenty years of ordained ministry, he has served a large suburban congregation, a campus ministry at a medical school, and a hospital chaplaincy. He has served as Associate Rector for Adult Education since St. Peter’s was founded in 2005.

In addition to pastoral ministry, Fr. Petty has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Perkins School of Theology (Southern Methodist University), Nashotah House Theological Seminary and the Center for Biblical Studies in Tallahassee.

He is the author of A Faith That Loves the Earth: The Ecological Theology of Karl Rahner, published by the University Press of America.

He is married to Sara Clausen and they have a son, Graham.

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