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About Jeff Hual

Jeff is currently serving as the 44th rector of historic All Hallows Parish in Davidsonville, Maryland, a suburb of Annapolis. Prior to this, he served as priest in charge of St. John's in the Village, Baltimore, and as an assistant priest at Saint Paul's K Street in Washington, DC.

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    Hey John! Why are You Baptizing Us?

    They asked John the Baptist a simple question: Who are you? John was a puzzle, and officialdom wanted to know more about him. Remember, for 400 years they’ve seen prophets come and go like the passing weather. From the questions asked, Messianic speculations were in the air, and the Baptist framed his replies accordingly. He […]

    Advent and the Beginning of the Good News

    Have you ever wondered what Christmas would be like if Mark’s Gospel was the only one that had survived? Let me explain: The Nativity stories that we know and love come entirely from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. It’s Luke who gives us the Christmas account of the trip to Bethlehem and the angels […]

    The “Little Apocalypse” of Advent

    I still recall the first time my parents let me go to summer camp with my best friend. Neither I nor my parents understood what this particular summer camp was really all about. All we saw in the brochure was horseback riding and a big swimming pool, so I was very excited, until the first […]

    Ikiru: “To (re)Live”

    On Living and Loving without the Promise of Tomorrow

    I Love You, But I’m Not Gonna Wash Your Feet

    Sometimes I’m asked after our Maundy Thursday service why we don’t hold a foot washing like some other churches do on that night. They’re never quite prepared for my answer. The reason I don’t do foot washings is that I’m not sure about the theology communicated in that act, namely that we are at all […]

    The Comfort of a Reasonable Religion

    “I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.” (Luke 19:40) The Parish which I serve as Rector is blessed with two campuses, both of which have historic cemeteries. What strikes me every time I walk among the stones in either location is the sheer volume of immense personal tragedy contained in […]

    Yeezus of Nazareth

    Mockingbird has had an awful lot to say about Kanye West over the years. Nothing lately, however, which is somewhat surprising given just how prolific Kanye has become in the news cycle. The most recent example was his stunning performance of “Ghost Town” at the end of last week’s SNL, coupled with the controversy of wearing […]

    A Pirate Looks at Forty-(Nine)

    Yes, that’s right, as of today I am officially starting to feel…old. I know there are some readers who will regard forty-nine as young, but please bear with me, because it’s still so new to me. A quick scan of the Internet this morning reveals all that I have to look forward to in the […]

    Requiescat in Pace: The Naming Power of HBO’s The Leftovers

    Last week, the Earth made a seismic shift, though mostly unnoticed. A gentle giant among us in terms of Anglican church music, John Bradford Bohl, died unexpectedly at the young age of 37. I had the joy of serving with him at Saint Paul’s K Street in Washington, D.C., and when I took over the venerable […]

    The Weight of Living, Part 2: God Would Not Save What God Does Not Love

    Today in the Liturgical Calendar we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration. Jesus and three of his disciples are on a mountaintop, and that’s significant. Think of the times we’re told that Jesus goes up on the mountain to pray. He gives his first sermon on a mountain, the Sermon Mount. Before the Cross, he […]

    The Weight of Living, Part 1: God’s Grace for Busy People

    The Gospel of Mark can really be summed up in one word: busy. There’s an anxiousness to Mark’s writing that is palpable, a sense of urgency that is ever-present. In fact, it’s not too much to say that Mark’s Gospel is perhaps the busiest of the four Gospels. Throughout it we see a sense of […]

    The One Power Source That Never Fails (“Without Your Wound, Where Would Your Power Be?”)

    I don’t know about you, but in recent months I’ve been avoiding the news. It’s as if I’m using those skills we develop to screen out the advertising that bombards us in order to screen out the painful news cycles around me, only letting in the ones that seem to be key to my understanding […]

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