Sermons for July 2018

About God

I heard this one when I was a seminary student: newly ordained minister asking wise, experienced minister: “What should I preach about?” This answer came back: “Preach about God; preach about twenty minutes.” I’ve followed the twenty-minute advice, though with shrinking attention spans today fifteen minutes will suffice. But I’ve avoided preaching about God in… Read More

A Sacramental Commons (preached at University Baptist Church)

These days, it’s easy to find recipes on Google. That doesn’t change the fact that I’m attached to my cookbooks. There’s a tattered volume, What’s Cooking in the Coulee, published by the church I grew up in. The recipes aren’t brilliant, but the names beneath each entry call to mind the faces and voices of… Read More

No One Shall Make Them Afraid

As far as I know, the Lord’s Prayer is universal among followers of Jesus. Yes, there different versions and translations. But, in the end, we are all praying the same prayer—across time zones, languages, and cultures. Amid diverse lives and experiences, clashing biblical interpretations and diverging theologies, we are all praying the same prayer. We… Read More