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 →

Our Story

An Easter Spoken-word Sermon "So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid" (Mark 16:8, NRSV). Today Today should be a celebration Today should begin our commemoration For today we exclaim the resurrection Of our Lord and Savior... Continue Reading →

Sir, We Wish to See Jesus!

"They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, 'Sir, we wish to see Jesus'” (John 12:21).  May I speak to you in the name of the One, Holy, and Living God.  Amen. I don’t know if y’all have noticed, but I have a habit of saying some phrases like: “yes sir,"... Continue Reading →

Agape

The Fourth Sunday in Lent “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”  May I speak to you in the name of the one God: Lover, Beloved, Love. Amen. The English language is sometimes quite limited in its vocabulary.  There are instances when... Continue Reading →

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