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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Out of the Depths, Lent 2020

The lectionary, from which we get our Sunday readings, has been super on point recently.  If you, like me and so many others, have been asking the hard questions about what to do in times of trouble and where God is when we are sad and overwhelmed, these are readings for us. I worked with […]

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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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Presentations, February 2020

When the Feast of the Presentation is on the same day as your Annual Meeting, you get to preach on Mary, Joseph, and all the things your parish offers to God. I worked most closely with Luke 2.22-40. Listen:

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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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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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Peace with Justice, Reign of Christ 2019

The criminal who acknowledged that they, unlike Jesus, were justly convicted immediately drew my attention.  It seemed like such a rich way to enter the crucifixion without the weighty liturgical context of Holy Week. The lessons can be found here (link).  I worked most closely with Luke 23:33-43. Listen:  

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Jesus our Mother Hen, Lent 2 2019

Morsels & Stories: I read Dorcas’s story from Grit and Grace. Sermon: Jesus sets up a parallel between a fox and a mother hen, Herod and himself. The lessons can be found by clicking here [link]. I worked most closely with Luke 13:31-35.

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Stories on the Way Home

Morsels & Stories: I propose a lenten discipline of reading theology, along with some book suggestions that don’t require a theology degree to read, understand, or learn from. Sermon: Jesus goes up a mountain to pray. What a story Peter, James, and John didn’t tell. The lessons for today can be found here [link]. I […]

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