God Chooses Us, Palm Sunday 2020

With the kids we talked about Palms and how people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem and some of the ways we can welcome Jesus.  Then in the sermon, as a part 2, I preached on God’s preferential option and God chooses us, in all the complexity and potential sorrow of humanity. Most of my parish has […]

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Sense at the End, Lent 2020

At Christmas and Easter I usually note that I preach on the theology of the day more than the lections.  This sermon may need a “preached during a global pandemic” note. The blind man and Jesus have this messy encounter.  What wisdom can they teach us about how to live faithfully through this messy time? […]

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Break Yokes of Injustice, February 2020

With Lent in only a few weeks, I was easily fascinated by Isaiah’s proclamation about the kind of fast God wants.  I still don’t know what I’m giving up for Lent, but the question of how my choice affects those around me is one I’ll hold onto while I search for an answer. I worked […]

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Bruised Reeds, Baptism of the Lord 2020

A core part of my faith, my ordination, and my approach to the world is the Baptismal Covenant.  So I always love preaching on baptism and the Sunday’s when we reaffirm our baptismal vows.  And always feel like I haven’t done the job I’d like to.  In the Scriptures for the day, I was particularly […]

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Epiphany 2020

I love the story of the Magi.  Not only are they objectively awesome, these star chasing Persians who came to worship Jesus, but so many of our assumptions about them aren’t part of Scripture.  You can read what Scripture says about them here (Matthew 2.1-12). Here’s what I said: 

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Holy Innocents, a reflection

Today my Church celebrated with Christmas Lessons and Carols. Because that was the right choice for my energy and, in my opinion, a fun way to continue to celebrate Christmas with all the carols we love. (It also gives me a bit of a break from preaching, which is especially welcome after Christmas.)  Every year […]

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Abide with Us, Christmas Eve 2019

Christmas is always a little hard to preach.  We all know this story.  I get the privilege of having people who don’t always go to Church, or do but not my Church, hear what I say.  So, no pressure.  This year, O Little Town of Bethlehem captivated me.  When I preach with a song in […]

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Fear Not, Advent 2019

I love Joseph.  We get such a tiny tantalizing snippet of his story.  Outside of the figurines in nativity sets, we can completely ignore him.  But today I got to spend some time with him. I worked most closely with Matthew 1.18-25 (link). Listen:

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