Parables of the Ludicrous

Today’s Gospel is the collection of all of the short parables from Matthew 13. I have never enjoyed preaching on these parables as much as this year. Because, after ten years of ordained life, I finally feel like I began to understand some of what Jesus is teaching in here. I worked most closely with […]

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Nephesh

St Paul can be a difficult theologian for me. His writings about women and leadership aside, I’ve often struggled when Paul veers into interpretations that have been harmfully used and contrary to historic understandings of Scripture. After this week, I think I need to trust Paul’s theological thinking more. I worked with Matthew 13.24-30 36-43, […]

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Faithfully Enough

Even though this is the parable that Jesus explains, I love all the ways it remains open to interpretation. This year, especially with the lack of appropriate treatments and healthcare and social contact, the freedom the sower has to use so much seed was especially intriguing. Here’s what I said: I worked most closely with […]

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God is Bigger, June 2020

This texts invite us to ponder the magnificant transcendance of God–which is an “I went to seminary” sort of way of saying that God is better and bigger and so different than we are. What does that mean for us? What kind of faith journey does that result in for us? Here’s the sermon that […]

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Ridiculous, June 2020

Every time I preach on this text, I can’t help but mention that Abraham laughed to. The laughter wasn’t about Sarah, it was about the promise God is continuing to make to them. I have laughed that sort of “stop kidding me” laughter at what God promises. I suspect that there is a lot of […]

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Trinity Sunday 2020

Paul closes the second letter to the Corinthians with this prayer and blessing. It’s familiar and beloved by so many of us–and it should be. Perhaps it can help us love each other better too. I worked most closely with 2 Cor 13.11-13.

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Scarred by Love, Pentecost 2020

Jesus comes to his disciples and shows them his scars. Which isn’t our normal greeting. What do we learn from Jesus’s actions? I worked most closely with John 20.19-23 (link).

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That we all may be one, Easter 2020

Jesus prays that his followers may be one as he and the Father are one. Which I’ve always heard with a mournful tone as the Church is so often not one. Right now, as Churches are open so differently and we are learning new answers to the question of how we are a community, this […]

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Love and Command, Easter 6 2020

Jesus offers his disciples the comfort of “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  Which, as a person who sometimes struggles with following Jesus, doesn’t always sound comforting.  How do we hear that in ways that help us navigate our world today? I worked most closely with John 14.15-21.  You can find the […]

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God our Rock, Easter 5 2020

I drew heavily on the themes of God as a rock, safe place, and refuge that can be seen in the Psalm and reading from 1 Peter.  The readings can be found here (link). Listen:

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