Month: January 2020

Do me a favor. Close your eyes for a moment. Imagine something with me. It is a dark and stormy night. The clouds obscure the moon and the stars. The lights from town are off in the distance. The rain is falling in sheets. You can barely see your…
The audio on this recording is pretty bad. I apologize for that. It looks like our lectern microphone is having some issues and that’s generating a lot of static. A few years ago, I gave a sermon at Mariah’s church. It was a sermon about holy impatience for the…
Sunday sermon preview: Jesus says to the disciples, “I tell you about the kingdom of God in plain language, so that you will understand. And I tell other people about the kingdom of God in parables… so that they won’t.”…
Jesus came into the world to heal. Christ came into the world to restore. We saw that in last week’s reading, when Jesus rebuked an unclean spirit and healed Simon’s mother-in-law… like it was nothing. We saw it in last week’s reading, when, after Jesus did those things, more…
Sunday sermon preview: It’s not always the truth, but it was the truth in that moment, and it is the truth in so many moments: the easy thing was more important….
A week-and-a-half ago, on Christmas Eve, we celebrated Christ coming into the world as a baby… among a dispossessed people in an occupied land… to parents who were far from home and who couldn’t find a room for a night. A week-and-a-half ago, on Christmas day, we were not…
Sunday sermon preview: I can’t help but imagine a 500-foot Jesus rampaging through Manhattan like Godzilla through Tokyo….
Happy New Year! Happy 2020! I grew up reading and watching a lot of science fiction (surprising, I know). The stories I knew promised a lot for 2020: colonies on Mars and Venus, brains permanently connected to the internet, corporations ruling the world, robots doing all of our household…

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