Sermons


Agency

There are many ways to examine this passage. Today we are doing some exegesis from the point of view of the marginalized. Many people see this healing tale as a more progressive way to look at disability and in some ways it is. While in others it is not. The question I want you to… Read More

Alive to God

Falling in love with my spouse, Jen, was a surprise. We sensed that our relationship was a sacred gift, one of our callings in life. And yet, we struggled mightily with our own internalized homophobia. And so, that summer, we rejoiced and we agonized. We barely understood what was happening to us. How could we… Read More

A Posture of Hope

  The Black Visions Collective recently published a video I want to share with you: https://www.facebook.com/LitBLVC/videos/699869394157446/UzpfSTUxNjYxMjIxNDoxMDE1NzQzOTc0NDYxNzIxNQ/ It’s so short and so full of meaning. It really gets to the heart of the matter doesn’t it? Breathing is a fundamental right. And yet white supremacy has infiltrated our air and we have turned breathing into a privilege… Read More

Scripture and Reflections from the Congregation

  Ezekiel 36: 25–26: I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone… Read More

Between Times

  I once mentioned in a sermon that I wasn’t a dog person. It seems your ears perk up at the mention of dogs. Because since then it’s become a refrain: “Now, I know you’re not a dog person. . . .” So today, I want to let you know that things have changed. I… Read More

Negotiating with God

We do not know what the ancient author of Psalm 66 had promised to God when she was in trouble. All we know is that she now proclaims that she will “pay my vows, those that my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.” (Psalm 66:13–14) Actually, we do know one… Read More

Troubled and Consoled

“Do not let your hearts be troubled,” Jesus said. And yet, these are troubling times. We have many reasons to be troubled. What’s troubling you? I’d love it if you would share your responses in the chat. I’m troubled by the stress and anxiety my children are feeling. I’m troubled because Ace, our family’s new… Read More

The Common Reoriented

For the smallest one in our house, school on a screen is a challenge. So, as we chip away at the assignments in manageable doses, we also engage in hands-on learning around the house. I’ve always done a lot of cooking. But it had been years since I made bread the long slow, way. First,… Read More

Peace Be with You

The stories of the first Easter ring true in a different way this year, don’t they? There was no sense of triumph. People were not full of joy and confidence. The powers that killed Jesus were still loose in the world. The disciples had experienced the complete disruption of life as they knew it. They… Read More

A New Normal

This is not a normal Easter. Here I am, preaching from my front porch with the camera tilted so that you can’t see the heaps of stuffed animals, the undressed dolls, the litter of random plastic toy parts, or the tangle of bikes and scooters. Yesterday, Brad hung the white and gold Easter banners in… Read More