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November 8, 2020

The Bread and the Circus

The Bread and the Circus

A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing food from the first fruits to the man of God: twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. Elisha said, “Give it to the people and let them eat.”  But his servant said, “How can I set this before a hundred people?” So [Elisha] repeated, […]

October 25, 2020

Building Our Capacity for Trust

Building Our Capacity for Trust

I am not speaking anything new when I say that our level of collective anxiety may be higher than at any point in the last 50 years. The sources of our collective anxiety are many. Example: 4 million acres have burned on the west coast, with a gigafire called the “August Complex” raging in northern […]

August 9, 2020

Wet Feet First

Wet Feet First

Many people didn’t know it was possible, but, against all odds, I’ve done it: I have crossed another threshold of pandemic fatigue. And, you know, based on several conversations that I have had, I’d guess the same is true for many of you.  Last week felt like a very long month. I’m going to do […]

March 29, 2020

In the Valley of the Shadow

In the Valley of the Shadow

“Jesus wept.” Jesus wept. That’s it. “Jesus wept” is the verse that I’d blurt out when I was asked by my childhood Sunday school teachers to share scripture that I had memorized. A little smart-alecky, I know, a sad part of my checkered history. And to you children’s Sunday school teachers who are watching, all […]

March 8, 2020

The Call of the Midwife

The Call of the Midwife

We are respectable people, right? We dress respectably. We act respectably. We speak respectably. We’re well-read, well-known, well-connected. well-adjusted, well-intentioned, well-informed, well-groomed, and, if we must say so ourselves, well-respected. We’re respectively respectably reputable.    

October 20, 2019

Nagging God

Nagging God

“Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” Sometimes, Luke makes things easy for us, or at least he appears to. Before we even get to the parable, before we even read the story, Luke provides us with the moral, the meaning, the golden nugget of […]

September 30, 2018

Keep on a Prayin’

Keep on a Prayin’

I met her in Guatemala… a mother of 8 and a persistent woman! When she and her husband decided to build a home for their growing family in Guatemala City, she did the paper work for access to land and petitioned for a building permit and WAITED… When nothing happened she kept showing up at […]

August 5, 2018

Joy and Resistance in a Time of Fear

Joy and Resistance in a Time of Fear

Given the world we live in today, we often find ourselves in a constant state of fear. Regardless of political affiliation, or non-affiliation, things are happening that make one question their safety, mental well being, and physical well being. Not only one’s own safety, but the safety of children and loved ones. Supreme court decisions, […]

July 1, 2018

Struggle and Joy

Struggle and Joy

I have now stated in a sermon 3 times that I am a pessimist. This puts me at a particular disadvantage when tasked with coming up with a sermon about joy. To defend my fellow pessimists, we are not devoid of joy. I laugh a lot, I’m at a good place in life with a […]

December 3, 2017

Enthusiastic Collaborators

Enthusiastic Collaborators

What do you think a holy person looks like? When you get to know someone, what clues suggest to you that this person may be holy? Do you know holiness when you see it? Consider Tom. Almost every Sunday, Tom came to church all alone and sat in the same chair. He was a quiet […]

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