“A Social Alternative”

April 8, 2018 John 20:19-29   I took some ribbing from a certain member of my family (who shall remain nameless, though I’ll tell you I’m married to her) for being more than just a little excited about last Sunday’s live performance of Jesus Christ Superstar on network TV.  Did any of you see it? I […]

“Lifeblood”

April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday Isaiah 25:6-9 Mark 16:1-6   On Monday the Confirmation group attended the East End Baptist Tabernacle Church in Bridgeport as part of our journey to experience the richness and diversity of Christian expression. This was an African American, Pentecostal, Baptist experience, and apart from one of the ministers who had […]

“God in the Ordinary”

March 23, 2018 Mark 11:1-11   The difference between Mark’s Palm Sunday and the Palm Sundays in the other three gospels is that from Mark you get the sense that you could pretty easily have missed the whole thing. Mark presents what has come to be known as Christ’s “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem as not […]

“When God is Real”

February 11, 2018 Mark 9:2-9   When I was deciding between seminaries I spent a weekend at a prospective students event down in Princeton, where as part of the program three different scripture scholars were asked to offer presentations on the reasons why they would choose one gospel over the others as their favorite. The […]

“What’s the Message?”

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Feb. 4, 2018 1 Cor. 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39   I always wonder what you hear when we read the scriptures. What are the sticking points or the questions that might enter your mind as we hear these brief snippets of the bible?  I think about this question as I prepare my sermons. If you are […]

“You Are Called”

January 28, 2018 1 Cor. 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28   I’d like to share a Facebook post I read in reference to the scriptures we’ve been focused on for the last couple of weeks: “Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper, David had an affair, Noah got drunk, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a […]

“The Word”

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Jan. 14, 2018 Psalm 139 John 1:43-51   “’In the beginning was… well, what? A clap of the divine hands and a poetic shock wave?  Or, an itchy node of nothingness inconceivably scratching itself into somethingess?  In the beginning was the ‘Word,’ says the Gospel according to John – a lovely statement of the case, […]

“John’s ‘John the Baptist’”

Dec. 17, 2017 John 1:6-9, 19-28   Nowhere do the differences in the Bible’s four gospels surface more dramatically than at their beginnings, which of course, we turn to during the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Did you know that the stories of Christ’s birth only appear in two of the four gospels? Luke’s is […]

“Encountering One another in Love”

Dec. 10, 2017 Isaiah 40:1-11 Mark 1:1-8   The theme for Wednesday’s mini-retreat at Barbara and Neil’s house was inspired by a quote from Pope Francis. He says, “Whenever we encounter another person in love we learn something new about God.”  He suggests that often our approach to another – to the other – is […]

“A Mysterious God”

Dec. 3, 2017 Isaiah 64:1-9 Mark 13:24-37   These scripture words that we’ve heard this morning aren’t what we would necessarily expect as we kick off a new Christmas season that is supposed to be all holly jolly, and “the most wonderful time of the year.” Our wreathes are up, and our trees are up, […]