“Christmas Eve”


Dec. 24, 2023 Christmas Eve Isaiah (2-7 Luke 2:1-20   When I sat down to reread this Luke passage that I’ve read every Christmas for the last 25 years, at first, I heard nothing new.  Honestly, I think I may have been bogged down by the task of coming up with a fresh message to […]

“On Wakefulness and Lament”

Dec. 3, 2023 Isaiah 64:1-9 Mark 13:24-37   One of my favorite Christmas cards came in the mail about 10 years ago, and the image has stayed with me.  It had two pictures on it.  The second one was the happy family, all dressed up, posed and smiling in unison in front of the tree.  […]

“The Two Greatest Commandments.”


102923 endings – Sermon     Oct. 29, 2023 Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Matthew 22:34-46   As I think about our scriptures today what speaks to me is that both passages are in a way about endings.  Moses’ ending, of course, is more apparent.  For those bible nerds out there, this is a passage often pointed to […]

“Giving to Caesar and Giving to God”

Oct. 22, 2023 Exodus 33:12-23 Matthew 22:15-22   A friend and colleague of mine, I’m not sure how serious he was being, noted in Lectionary Group that with today’s scriptures we get both the back end and the front end of God.  We get Moses in the cleft of the rock, covered until God passes […]

“Taking up Our Crosses”


Sept. 3, 2023 Romans 12:9-21 Matthew 16:21-28   “If any wish to come after me, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” In these times of anxiety over the state of Christendom and panic over congregational decline Jesus’ words may come across as especially unhelpful, I would think.  I don’t […]

“On Isolation and a Triune God”


June 4, 2023 Psalm 8 Matthew 28   An article in the Christian Citizen by Curtis Ramsey-Lucas summed up a recent report by Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, with this title: “US Surgeon General Declares Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation.”[i]  Starting prior to the pandemic and caused in large part by “the accelerated pace of life […]

On Striving and Delighting


Feb. 5, 2023 Psalm 112:1-9 Matthew 5:13-20   “Faith is still as it was,” says Carlyle Marney, “- dynamic and paradoxical.  It can and it cannot.  Every day the believer must be born again and resume their journey.  Every old answer is forbidden, until some present urgency makes it new [again.]  Faith, says Soren Kierkegaard, […]

“The Call to Follow”


Jan. 19, 2023 1 Cor. 1:10-18 Matthew 4:12-23   The word “immediately” in our gospel passage today is a bit intimidating and can have the effect of making us feel that the call to discipleship is for somebody else.  “Jesus saw two brothers, Simon and Andrew, casting a net into the sea, and he said […]

What Are You Looking For?


January 15, 2023 Isaiah 49:1-7 John 1:29-42   Unlike Matthew and Luke, who begin their gospels with the well-known Christmas stories of angels, and shepherds, and a manger, and wise men, John kicks things off with a remarkable proclamation of the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the […]

“Faith’s Suffering & a Living Jesus”


Nov. 13, 2022 Isaiah 12 Luke 21:5-19   There’s a lot going on in today’s gospel passage.  It may not be obvious to you upon reading just this section that Luke is writing in, say, the year 90 about Jesus who was ministering in the year 30, and prophesying about the destruction of the temple […]

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