Alleluias, joyous and wilted

Somewhere around the 4th or 5th week of Easter, I find myself remembering my friend, classmate, and colleague the Rev Cody Unterseher. I think about Cody not because the anniversary of his death is around this time of the year (April 25). I remember Cody because of what happened on Facebook in 2010. Cody and […]

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SR: Dancing, Stretchers, and Sheep

Link:Dancing, Stretchers, and Sheep, Easter 4 2013 Summary of what I was saying and why: This was the second sermon I wrote. The first was was good. And then I was reading one of my favorite poets before bed one night (something I do, but not that often) and suddenly I was thinking about a […]

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Dancing, Stretchers, and Sheep, a sermon for Easter 4 2013

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with John 10: 22-30. Easter 4 is Good Shepherd Sunday. Which is hard for us to hear with depth. The poem is “A Divine Invitation” by Hafiz, from I Heard God Laughing.

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Practicing

This week has been bad.  I don’t know the adjectives to describe how bad.  It started with tragedy for too many people as the rest of the nation watched with horror, prayed in sympathy, and helped in kindness.  But the week refused to stop there. Monday’s bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon […]

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SR: Peter and Promises, Easter 3, 2013

Link: Peter and Promises Summary of what I was saying and why: This sermon was slow to write. The Gospel is about feeding, it’s about love, it’s about Resurrection, and none of that was interesting to me this year. It felt like I’d just done something on the whole obedience bit in Acts and Revelation […]

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SR: Faith, Doubt, and Community

Link:Faith, Doubt, and Community Summary of what I was saying and why: This is always a fun text for me. The perennial question of how unquestioning faith is or should be is one worth revisiting. This year Steve Pankey wrote about what the Greek actually says and I started thinking. There are plenty of people, […]

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Faith, Doubt, and Community: a sermon for Easter 2 4-7-13

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked with John 20:19-31. Thomas has not-belief. As do we all. This is a fairly interactive sermon. I tried to make sure the mic picked up the gist but there may be parts that are tough to understand. Thank you for your patience. Easter 2, 2013

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120 Books, 40 Days

The year I bought the most (non-school) books was my senior year of college. I was six or seven when I discovered books so I’ve spent almost a quarter century reading, buying, and accumulating books. One of the six bookshelves (yes, six) in my apartment is dedicated to books that I have found and anticipate […]

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