Be Opened.

A Sermon for the 17th Sunday after Pentecost Mark 7:24-37 September 9, 2018   Two priests walk into a bar this past Thursday evening in downtown Reno, hitting up a late happy hour before grabbing something to eat.  And I’ll be honest with you, considering where I was in my work week, I only wanted to converse... Continue Reading →

Kitchen of the Kingdom

Year B, Proper 12, John 6:1-21 My grandmother—Amelia Augusta Dunn, or Granny as we called her—was a stubborn, sassy, southern woman who grew up on a farm right outside of Mobile, Alabama.  And goodness did I feel spoiled whenever I visited my Granny.  I remember as a little girl that somehow everything tasted sweeter in her country... Continue Reading →

Come & Go

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20, NRSV A reflection for the closing of the... Continue Reading →

David: A Complicated Character

Sermon for Year B Proper 6 June 17, 2018 “The LORD does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 Growing up I loved the Old Testament heroes and heroines, patriarchs and matriarchs, prophets and judges.  I loved their stories.  Like Abraham, who left his... Continue Reading →

Holy Disruption

A Sermon for Year B, Proper 5 Mark 3:20-35 "The crowd came together again, so that Jesus and his disciples could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind!” This week I want you to imagine yourself in... Continue Reading →

A Baccalaureate Address

For the Incline High School Class of 2018 1 Peter 5:5 “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Galatians 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brethren: only do not turn... Continue Reading →

Psalm 139

A sermon for the second Sunday after Pentecost, June 2, 2018 Imagine the first time you felt really limited; you felt out of control; you felt like the world was crashing in around you.  Sit in that space for a moment as you listen to the words of today’s Psalm: 1 O Lord, you have searched... Continue Reading →

Encounter “I AM”

Trinity Sunday, Year B Isaiah 6:1-8 Throughout our Judeo-Christian Scriptures, we are given a plethora of names for understanding the mystery that is the One God, the Divine.  Over the past couple of months—since our glorious Easter celebration—, we have encountered the Risen God—Jesus Christ.  We have encountered the Good Shepherd and the Vine grower.  We have encountered Abba,... Continue Reading →

Holy Discomfort

A Sermon for Pentecost Sunday, Year B I don’t know if y’all will believe this, but I was a really shy child growing up.  It was painful at times.  And it wasn’t that I didn’t enjoy the company of others, or didn’t like conversing with friends and family, but new situations, new individuals, new thresholds were... Continue Reading →

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