Sermons for September 2021

The Love Paradigm

This weekend the Minnesota Council of Churches launched a ten-year reparations process, with an event called “Finally Telling the Truth.” This effort is the first of its kind in the country. It gives me hope that Minnesotans can break out of our patterns of racism on repeat, that we can get beyond our nice words… Read More

A Joyous Reversal

“The first shall be last and the last shall be first.” Here’s a story that illustrates this proverb for me: Badger’s Bring Something Party, a story by Hiawyn Oram. Mole get invited to Badger’s party, a bring something party. But he doesn’t have anything to bring. “So” the narrator explains, “mole went to the party… Read More

The World We Stand to Gain

It was a Tuesday. I was 26 years old; I had recently finished Divinity School in Chicago and moved here to the Twin Cities with my spouse Jen. We were renting the lower half of a house on Park Avenue in South Minneapolis. We had gone out that morning on a walk and then stopped… Read More

I Wonder, I Notice

This morning, I want to try something a little different. I want to draw on our community wisdom – through a time of dialogue with our text from the book of James. A few comments first to ground our hearing of the text. It seems helpful to say up front that James is a challenging… Read More