Jonah, January 2021

We only get this short passage from the book of Jonah, which asks, among other things, what the faithful response to a nonsensical world is. Our reading was from the first part of Jonah 3, but I worked with the whole book.

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Beneficial, January 2021

Today we hear a strand of Paul’s theology that has been on my mind for 10 months. I worked most closely with 1 Corinthians 6.12-20.

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Indelible, Baptism of Jesus 2021

I love Baptism. I love the Baptismal Covenant. I have also come to love this little group of believers Paul encounters in our Acts reading. I think they have some wisdom for us in this long time without sacraments. I worked most closely with Acts 19. 1-7.

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Christmas 2020

Merry Christmas! This sermon is for all of us who are wondering how to connect with the Nativity this pandemic Christmas. Jesus was born into a world quite like this.

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Hope And Revolution, Advent 2020

I didn’t love the Magnificat, Mary’s Song, until seminary. But ever since then I’ve only fallen further and further in love with the depth of Mary’s vision and hope. Aside from being deeply revolutionary and hopeful, it’s also deeply faithful. And, I think, offers us a faithful perspective to consider as we begin to rebuild […]

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We Will Come Again with Joy, Advent 2020

I rarely preach from the psalms, but the hope, longing, and faith in Psalm 126 were so grounding for me this week. I also had in my mind a note about the joys I have found with St Paul’s in the midst of this long hard year. Because amid all of the frustrations and complications […]

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Gather us as Lambs, Lord Advent 2020

This passage is, for me, so deeply tied to Advent. This year, Isaiah is deepening as I read it in the middle of a pandemic. I worked most closely with Isaiah 40.1-11.

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Come Down Lord, Advent 2020

I love Advent. It is a season that invites us to hope that God is not only still active in our world but will again join us in our world when Jesus returns. The plea in Isaiah for God to act in a world that is unjust sits so poignantly in the middle of the […]

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Surprising Good Guys, November 2020

A New Testament professor taught me that parables should surprise us. Not in a jump-scare sort of surprise, but in a way the reveals to us the work God is interested and involved in. Today’s parable hasn’t surprised me for awhile. So I dug into it this week and, as I’d hoped, God was still […]

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Eschaton Wisdom

This is a week of complex readings. We get all the tension between Joshua and the people and all our confusion over Jesus’s parable about the bridesmaids. But I think by putting to texts in conversation with each other we can begin to understand some of the wisdom of these parables. I worked most closely […]

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