Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Each week on Wednesday, George Yandell, the Rector of the Parish, or other invited parishioners, share their thoughts on any topic that they choose. The most recent are presented here.”

February 3, 2021

The Rev George Yandell, Rector

Articles in Backpacker magazine are often about extreme feats of outdoor endurance to test new gear or to offer descriptions to out of the way trails. The current issue carries an article by Bill Donahue entitled “A Hero’s Journey”. The byline: “Rue McKenrick would hike the perimeter of the country to demonstrate our nation’s unity—if only he and the country could hold together long enough for him to finish.” It caught my attention.

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January 20, 2021

The Rev George Yandell, Rector


It was a weekend in early February of 1964. My scout troop was undertaking its annual ‘freeze out,’ as the scouts called it. I was just before turning 12 years old as a second-class scout.

I had joined Boy Scout Troop 52 in West Knoxville a little less than a year before. The troop and my patrol had taken some day hikes during that time.

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January 13, 2021

The Rev. George Yandell, Rector

People of the Lie

I read The Exorcist when it came out in 1971. A chilling, nightmare inducing read. The movie was horrifying as well. It provoked a strong interest and fear in me about human evil and demonic possession. In 1983 Scott Peck published a book called People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil. It followed his remarkably successful book The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love,

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January 6, 2021

The Rev. George Yandell, Rector

Images, Signs, Symbols

Raised in the Church, I’ve been surrounded by symbols and icons, although I didn’t realize that’s what they were early on. I do remember the language of the ‘Offices of Instruction’ my comrades and I had to memorize in 6th grade Confirmation classes. When the question was put before us by Mr. Garner, our rector, “What is the outward part or sign of the Lord’s Supper,” we had to reply,

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