God’s Shaggy Dog Story, August 2022

Between some vacation, a guest preacher, and some other schedule oddities, writing and preaching meant finding some old habits. So we have a classic sci-fi reference and a story from Genesis. Which makes perfect sense when the text is the Epistle to the Hebrews. I am preaching from Hebrews 13. 1-8 15-16, but reference Genesis […]

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Full Grace and Glory, January 2022

I love this passage from John. I think it’s one of the first passages I memorized (even if only roughly). For years I dreaded preaching it at Christmas, but I’ve come to love hearing it’s majesty next to the imagery of a baby in a manger. For this is God. I worked with John 1.1-18

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All Saints 2021

Happy All Saints (transferred from Nov 1)! As I read this snippet of the raising of Lazarus, I heard an echo from the story of Ezekiel in the valley of Dry Bones. Then I worked in a little about knitting, because this is apparently my new All Saints theme. I worked with John 11:32-44 and […]

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God with Us in Suffering

I love Job, except for the last part where the book tries to give Job a happily ever after ending. I’m not opposed to Job having good in his life. But grief and suffering don’t disappear from our lives or memories because good things happened. The lessons for the day can be found here. I […]

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God’s Home, July 2021

In our first reading David and Nathan engage in a theological discussion that is ongoing. One of the places it exists today is how worship happens during a pandemic. I worked with 2 Sam 7.1-14a.

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Trinity Sunday 2021

This was not the sermon I’d planned to preach at the beginning of the week. I’d been very drawn to the Isaiah text, for many reasons including a chance to only mention Trinitarian theology in passing. (I am generally a believer in preaching on the difficult passages and theologies but I’ve preached a decade or […]

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Vines, Easter 2021

I do not always know how I fit into some of the Bible’s agricultural metaphors. I do not have a green thumb. But I feel into and in love with Jesus’s vine metaphor. I worked most closely with John 15.1-8.

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Good Friday 2021

A seminary classmate did an exegesis on “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom” and said that every time she heard that lesson she heard the Taize melody. And now I do too. When and where are Jesus’s Kingdom? The lessons for today can be found here.

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Maundy Thursday 2021

I love Maundy Thursday. I love the chance to eat together, to express the care and love we have for one another through the oddity of the washing of feet. I am mourning all of those things today. But I have also seen signs of God’s great love in my church family and those are […]

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God on our Road, Palm Sunday 2021

Jesus is not usually a huge fan of crowds–or so Scripture makes it seem. He hangs out with the scholars in the temple rather than journey home, he often retreats from the crowds to pray or plans travel to evade a gathering crowds–until today. Today Jesus heads straight for crowded Jerusalem. The readings can be […]

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