Epiphany 4, 2012

The Lessons for this Sunday can be found here. I worked most closely with Psalm 111. How are we to praise God in an assembly of the upright when we know that we often aren’t? And yet we come together every week, as we should. N.B. The quotes are close but not exact. My memory […]

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Epiphany 3, 2012

The lessons for this Sunday can be found here.I worked most closely with Jonah 3:1-5, 10. Jonah spent 3 days walking across Ninevah and the whole city repented. Not bad…. (There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon starts. Thank you for your patience.) Listen: Epiphany 3, 2012

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Good Theology Saves

I read. All sorts and types of things. I read people who agree with me, people who disagree with me, people who almost or mostly do one or the other. I read for work. The Bible, I hope obviously; liturgies and about them; sermons, my own and others; theology; social and political commentary; current events; […]

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Epiphany 2, 2012

The lessons for this Sunday can be found here. I worked most closely with 1 Samuel 3:1-20 and 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. Samuel (and Eli’s sons), Paul, and Martin Luther King Jr. “All things are lawful for me but not all things are beneficial.” Paul is making an ageless point. The pursuit of what is beneficial […]

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Layers of Grief

When I moved into my office—my only one amid the Churches I was called to, I did it with verve. I was the first new priest in 20 years, and possibly the first to use this space in longer than that, based on the dust. Boxes of books were piled into the Honda sedan I […]

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The Baptism of Jesus, 2012

The Lessons for the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord can be found here. I worked with Genesis 1:1-5 and Mark 1:4-11. It all begins with water: creation, Jesus’s ministry, Christian life. Mostly gratuitous Hebrew and Star Trek references thrown in, both for my own amusement. (There will be a few moments of silence […]

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Holy Name, 2012

The Lessons for the Feast of the Holy Name can be found here. I worked most closely with Philippians 2:5-11 and the history of God’s name. God’s name was not to be spoken and then Gabriel had a meeting with Mary. (There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon begins. Thank you […]

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