The Rev. James W. Nutter is rector of Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. He is the recipient of the 2005 John Hines Preaching Award, given by Virginia Theological Seminary.
Jim Nutter is the fifth rector of Palmer Church, having accepted the position in December 1994, coming to Houston from St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rockland, Maine.
Born in Minden, La., Jim lived in several locations while growing up, including Mexico, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Baltimore before settling in Maine where he attended Bates College in Lewiston and graduated with a B.A. in English. During a year abroad at Manchester College in Oxford, England, he discerned God's call on his life and subsequently entered Nashotah House Seminary in Nashotah, Wisconsin, where he graduated with a Master of Divinity degree.
Following four years as an Assistant Priest at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke in Portland, Maine, Jim was called as rector of St. Peter's, Rockland in 1987. While in the Diocese of Maine, he chaired the Commission on Ministry (1988-1994) and was a member of the Standing Committee as well as the Bishop's Task Force on AIDS. At St. Peter's, Jim started a Soup Kitchen, began an AIDS ministry, and revitalized the children's program, among other things.
Since joining the Diocese of Texas, Jim has chaired the Evangelism Commission (1998-2001), served on the Executive Board of the Diocese, been a member of the Board of Directors of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System (1998-2007), and served as an Alternate Delegate to the 74th and 75th General Conventions of the national Episcopal Church. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Episcopal High School in Houston.
As rector, Jim focuses his energies on Palmer Church as a sanctuary for all of God's children with fully devoted and committed disciples of Jesus Christ. His passions are preaching (he received the prestigious John Hines Preaching Award in 2005 from the Virginia Theological Seminary) and teaching. Jim, with committed and talented parishioners, oversees the Stewardship and Evangelism ministries at Palmer.
Today we are going to look at a piece of scripture that often has been misunderstood and misapplied, and that often has been used to justify abusive and demeaning treatment. When some conservatives use this piece of scripture to muscle-up on women they seem to be ignoring Genesis 1:26-27, which says that men and women are both made in the image of God, and they seem to be misreading that when God gave Eve to Adam as his helper in Genesis 2:18, God was not giving Adam a servant but a partner, and they seem to be forgetting that when the Serpent was tempting Eve, Adam was right there (see Gen. 3:6) and did not speak up, which means that both of them were equally responsible for the Fall, and they seem to be denying that the subjugation of women to men is one consequence of the Fall (see Gen. 3:16), which means that since Jesus came to reverse the Fall, they are working against Jesus when they use these words to put "women in their place." Even though some conservatives have misused this passage, let me be quick to add that some liberals may be even less enlightened and informed when they want to remove Paul's letters from the bible.Read full article...
It is hard to sleep when you are hungry, when you know that you have hit the end, when you cannot sink any lower, when you are doing things that make you ashamed.
This is where I was. I couldn't sleep because I knew that if I continued what I was doing, I would die.
During many long, agonizing nights, I would begin to remember. There was one memory I could not shake. It was the moment when I went to my father and demanded my inheritance. I knew and he knew what I was saying: "Old man, you are as good as dead to me."Read full transcript...