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 →

Sermon Series: Just Preach It!

For the season of Epiphany, I took a cue from my time as a seminary intern at First United Methodist in Huntsville, Alabama, and I preached my first sermon series.  Now let's be honest, this is not my natural inclination.  Trust me, I was more than a bit uncomfortable taking this leap.  However, during my... Continue Reading →

Retrace and Rewrite

First Sunday in Lent, Year B My first hike up the old, eternal Cave Rock—situated on the Eastern shore of our lake—occurred on February 12th, 2015.  It was my first and thankfully not my last trip to Tahoe.  My beloved had taken me on a pilgrimage to sacred sites surrounding the Lake.  The day was unseasonably warm... Continue Reading →

Lent and Love: The Perfect Pair

Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018 My friends, our Ash Wednesday observances and the feast of St. Valentine do not appear to go hand in hand.  In fact, in many ways they seem to be exact opposites—evoking a varied array of emotions within us as we consider the implications of each day.  And yet (through coincidence or perhaps... Continue Reading →

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