Sermons for June 2012

Just as we are

If you were in church this past Easter, you might recall that the Gospel of Mark gives fear the last word. The women come to the tomb and they find it empty. They meet a mysterious young man dressed in white. He tells them Jesus has been raised and they are to go and share… Read More

We know not how

Jesus said: “The kingdom (or kin-dom) of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, we do not know how.”  (Note: A parable is literally a story “thrown alongside” our lives.) This parable–when thrown alongside my life–… Read More

Chosen Family

Family is a complicated thing. Our families hopefully love and nurture us…and sometimes they misunderstand us. For some people, thinking about family is mostly comforting, bringing up memories of family dinners, shared work and play, and daily ways of nurturing one another. For others, thinking about family is painful, bringing up associations of abusive relationships… Read More

Falling in Love With the Annual Meeting

I remember vividly the time when I fell in love with the annual meeting: It was in May of 1957, in suburban Chicago, at the Congregational Christian Conference annual meeting. In my previous denomination, the Disciples of Christ, regional meetings might be fun, or funny, but they were inconsequential. They did not matter. Here, in… Read More

New Life

Imagine the sound of thunder. First, in silence, a light so bright you can see it even through closed eyelids in a shuttered room. Then, the space of a heartbeat, two, three . . . and suddenly a crash that sounds as if it is mere feet away from you. It is the crack of… Read More