On Loneliness (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was John 14:23-29. There’s a story sometimes told among Buddhists. It goes something like this. During the time of the Buddha, there lived a woman named Kisa Gotami. She got married, and gave birth to … Continue reading On Loneliness (Sermon)

EO 2: The Eternity Overlay Formula

The “Eternity Overlay” is an idea about God that’s been in the back of my mind for decades. In a series of blog posts, I’m going to describe what the idea is, and share a number of thoughts about it. Here’s how the Eternity Overlay started. It was something I scribbled in a notebook when … Continue reading EO 2: The Eternity Overlay Formula

A New Way to Breathe (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, the Fifth Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was John 13:31-35. I’m like to teach you something new today. It’s called breathing. It’s easy. Here. Do it with me. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. There. Now you can go out and … Continue reading A New Way to Breathe (Sermon)

EO 1: Trying to Start Talking about the Eternity Overlay

Recently, I wrote that I have a theory that I’m calling Eternity Overlay. I say it’s a “theory,” but is it? Thinking about it as a theory is what gave me the idea of how I'd spend the next few blog posts (including this one): laying the groundwork for it. In order to understand the … Continue reading EO 1: Trying to Start Talking about the Eternity Overlay

The Eternal Voice (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was John 10:22-30. It was festival time in Jerusalem, and Jesus was there. It was a hectic time as always, people going in every direction, shouting and singing. So many of the people gathered there … Continue reading The Eternal Voice (Sermon)

A New Project: What the Heck is the Eternity Overlay? (EO 0)

I have a project in mind, a series of thoughts along a certain line. For the time being I’m calling it Eternity Overlay, though I’m not sure that’s a good title for it. It’s about a theory I’ve had for a while now, a theory which I also call eternity overlay. For now, I think … Continue reading A New Project: What the Heck is the Eternity Overlay? (EO 0)

What I Didn’t Say to You at a Funeral

Last week, I had the honor of officiating at a graveside funeral. It was simple. The family wanted only the simplest form of funeral – no sermon, no eulogy, just the scripture, the prayers, the commendation, the committal. The woman whom I buried never joined my church – but she was an active worshiper there … Continue reading What I Didn’t Say to You at a Funeral

The Firstborn of Creation? (Easter Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Resurrection of Our Lord. The gospel text was Luke 24:1-12. Last Sunday, we heard the Passion of Our Lord according to Luke. And I invited you to write down questions that the story brought up in you. A few of you did … Continue reading The Firstborn of Creation? (Easter Sermon)

Who Am I in the Face of the Cross? (Good Friday Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached tonight, Good Friday. The gospel text was John 18:1 -- 19:42. On Sunday, we heard the Passion of Our Lord according to Luke. And I invited you to write down questions that the story brought up in you. A few of you did so, and … Continue reading Who Am I in the Face of the Cross? (Good Friday Sermon)

For You (Maundy Thursday sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this evening, Maundy Thursday. The gospel text was John 13:1-17, 31b-35. I also refer to Numbers 20:1-13. On Sunday, we heard the Passion of Our Lord according to Luke. And I invited you to write down questions that the story brought up in you. A … Continue reading For You (Maundy Thursday sermon)