“True Religion”

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Sept. 2, 2018 Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23   I told you about Debie Thomas last week. She blogs on the lectionary passages, and so far I have to say I haven’t read a thing by her that’s failed to leave me at least little better off than I was before.  This […]

“Keeping Faith”

Aug. 26, 2018 Ephesians 6:10-20 John 6:56-69   I want to begin with a quote from a book that I just started reading. The author’s been talking about the lack of civility in our current cultural climate.  She writes: “If we disagree, we must hate each other, right? No.  This is our culture’s lie du […]

“Eat My Flesh”

Aug. 19, 2018 John 6:51-58   I’m not sure what inspired me, but there were a few semesters during college when I sang with the college choir. It wasn’t a fancy thing; it’s not like there were auditions or evaluations of any kind.  Pretty much anybody who wanted to could join a section and give […]

“Words of Life”

July 8, 2018 Mark 6:1-13 I missed you last week because I was on an island somewhere in Lake Michigan attending a preaching conference that was focused primarily on reading the biblical verbs. In fact, the title to the lecture series was, “Reading the Verbs: Finding the Script in Scripture.” It’s funny to think that […]

“God Will Find a Way”

June 24, 2018 Mark 4:35-41 I heard a song the other day. It goes: God will make a way, when there seems to be no way. He works in ways we cannot see, He will make a way for me. He will be my guide, hold me closely to his side, With love and strength […]

“The Christian Secret”

May 13, 2018 Ascension Sunday Luke 24:44-53 Ephesians 1:15-23   My colleagues at Tuesday’s lectionary group were unanimous in their decision not to preach on the Ascension of Christ today. Technically, the feast of the Ascension was Thursday (and I heard they suspended alternate side of the street parking in NYC on Thursday because of […]

“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 […]