Sermons for January 2018


A Prayer for Relief

Most of you recall that I’m originally from Rifle, Colorado, a town that is 190 miles west of Denver on the banks of the Colorado River, which means the town itself sits in a beautiful mountain valley. As a boy, I spent as much time as I could outdoors—deer hunting, trout fishing, mountain climbing, river… Read More

Malcolm and Jesus

Howard Thurman once said: “There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself.” A few months ago, I finished reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X and turned to the brief essay by Ossie Davis that closes the book. Yes, I thought, Malcolm was a… Read More

Living Toward Belovedness

Every few weeks, I carry the baptismal bowl to the kitchen. I dump out the water that’s grown stagnant and cloudy. I scrub away the rings of filmy residue. I refill the bowl with fresh water from our tap—water that is both sacred and ordinary, water that gives life, water that is life. Then I… Read More