The church at Corinth looks like a bunch of battling Baptists. One day, while Paul is out of town preaching a revival, he gets a letter from Corinth riddled with complaints. “Pastor, some members think they are more spiritual than others. Some think they are smarter than others. Pastor, what do we do?” Slice and […]
I want to talk about health care and death, not because I am feeling sad or old, but because we almost never talk about it at all as Christians. We have so many euphemisms for death because we don’t want to talk about it: passed away, or resting in peace, or gone to meet the […]
Today we honor The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., America’s prophet. Monday, January 15, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Americans of various and sundry ideas still debate whether or not to have a holiday in memory of Dr. King. I have no such misgivings, and I am privileged to honor one of the […]
Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-11 In Matthew’s story some folks show up late. We call these late-comers “wise men.” My prayer is always that our house will be filled with wise women and men.
Isaiah 61:1-4 This sermon is not for you unless you are having trouble seeing the world clearly and you feel lost and confused. This sermon is not for you unless parts of your life have incapacitated you and kept you from living freely. This sermon is not for you unless you have deep loneliness in […]
Mark 1:1-8, 2 Peter 3:8-15, Isaiah 40:1-11 In a culture lulled to sleep, ignorance, and darkness, there is room for a people who are awake in all their senses — a people of God determined to show and tell what it means to be awake, alive, and in the light of truth and justice.
Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 What an odd text for people getting ready for Christmas. What’s with all this scary language? We can’t schedule the loss of the sun and the shaking of the powers of the heavens. Don’t you know this is Christmas season? We go from Thanksgiving, a national holiday, to Christmas as […]
Matthew 25:31-46 Matthew makes us face whether or not we are a righteous nation. Most people write this off as a parable and the rest are allergic to judgment stories. We may, in a fit of nostalgia, sing “When the Roll Is Called up Yonder,” but mostly judgment is not our game. What if it’s […]
Matthew 25:14-30 There are two typical American versions of Jesus’ story of the talents. In the first version God dishes out good looks to one and basketball skills to another. The second story we tell is that God blesses all our money-making ways. What then is the difference in talents and gifts, talents and money? […]
Joshua 24 and Psalm 78 Prelude to sermon: I invite you to the story of Joshua 24 and the exhortation of Psalm 78 for us to be storytellers. I do this in the full knowledge of the challenge of postmodern philosophy that all BIG stories (metanarratives) are suspect, power grabs, abusive and oppressive. Postmodernism is […]