Author Archives: Brant Copeland

About Brant Copeland

I was born in Brownsville, Texas, grew up in San Antonio and in Lake Charles, Louisiana. I am a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Stand up for Jesus, not Donald Trump

Like many of my clerical colleagues, I do not enjoy conflict.  Whether it’s an argument over the color of the carpet in the church parlor or a parking-lot debate about same-sex marriage, my instinct is to remain “pastoral,” keeping myself … Continue reading

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Memorial on Valentine’s Day

This afternoon I will take part in a memorial service at the Florida State Capitol for the 17 students slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School one year ago.  Here, more or less, is what I plan to say: There … Continue reading

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The Idolatry of Nationalism

The New York Times reports that at a ceremony in Paris for the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, President Emmanuel Macron of France rebuked the nationalist impulses that are reshaping the world today. “Patriotism is the exact … Continue reading

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First Things First: A Sermon For All Saints’ Day and Election Day

I don’t often post sermons, but this week is an exception.  Our congregation observed All Saints’ Day last Sunday as we were reeling from the news of a shooting a few blocks away at a yoga studio. The victims are … Continue reading

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National Refugee Shabbat

Here is a slightly edited version of the sermon I preached on October 19 at Temple Israel, a neighboring synagogue led by my friend and colleague, Rabbi Jack Romberg.  The occasion is National Refugee Shabbat.  Shabbat Shalom As-salamu alaykum Pax … Continue reading

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Words Matter

Last week I participated in a press conference called by the Rev. Mr. R. B. Holmes of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.  At that conference, Mr. Holmes called upon Congressman Ron DeSantis to apologize for saying, in response to Andrew Gillum’s … Continue reading

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The Bible Tells Me What?

A sermon preached at First Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, Florida, July 1, 2018 6th Sunday after Pentecost Romans 13:1-10 Those of you attuned to such things will notice that Tip did not read the Epistle Lesson assigned for this day by … Continue reading

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Out of the mouths of babes

Today I stood on the steps of Florida’s Old State Capitol with fellow clergy and watched thousands — most of them young — restore my faith in democracy.  It’s hard to express how moving it was to see such determined, … Continue reading

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No Place to Call Home

National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day takes place on December 22, the longest night of the year. Tonight some 200 communities will gather to read the names of their neighbors — neighbors who have experienced homelessness and who have died in … Continue reading

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Gone but not Forgotten

In one of his sermons the great preacher Fred Craddock talked about going to a funeral for a word that had died.  I don’t remember the word in question, but just now I’m mourning the death of the wonderful old … Continue reading

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