Genesis 7:1-5; Genesis 9:8-17 What are we to make of the story of a world-wide flood? There are two main currents of thought about the flood and we will dive in and see where each takes us.
2 Kings 2:1-12 As Elijah disappears in a whirlwind, Elisha is now on his own. Our story has a prequel: One day, years earlier, Elijah passed by Elisha and threw his mantle over him. Pay attention to this mantle because it is everything to everyone ever touched or called. Let’s suppose that one Sunday morning, […]
A preacher gravitates between wanting to be the beloved pastor and the one who is in trouble if he doesn’t preach the gospel. Talk about a difficult place to be stuck. How about these apples: In trouble with God if the preacher doesn’t preach the gospel; in trouble with the congregation if the preacher does […]
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 […]