Finding the Light of Christmas (Blue Christmas Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached for a Blue Christmas service on December 18, 2022. The gospel reading I preached on was John 1:1-14. You can watch the service here. The gospel reading and sermon begin around 14:30. I think there are at least two sides to Christmas. One of them … Continue reading Finding the Light of Christmas (Blue Christmas Sermon)

Advent Blue

For my personal Advent devotions this year, I've been reading the book Wounded in Spirit: Advent Art and Meditations by David Bannon. Each day of Advent is devoted to a visual artist, usually a painter. Two or three of the artist's works are shared in full color, and an accompaning essay (or meditation) tells the … Continue reading Advent Blue

Stir Me Up! (A Trip to the Headwaters)

A few days ago, I made another pilgrimage out to the coal country of Schuylkill County, the place where I was born. It was something of a sequel to the trip I made almost six years ago. That day, I visited Minersville, the old mining town where I spent the first four years of my … Continue reading Stir Me Up! (A Trip to the Headwaters)

On Podcasts and Repentance (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on the Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2022. The gospel reading was Matthew 3:1-12. To view this sermon on YouTube, click here for the whole service (the gospel begins at 20:29, followed by the sermon). Before we talk about today‚Äôs gospel reading, I want … Continue reading On Podcasts and Repentance (Sermon)

My First Podcast Interview Released!

I'm happy to announce that you can now hear my interview with Paul Granger on the "Where Did You See God?" podcast. Paul has a great podcast where he has conversations with all sorts of people, "exploring how we can see God in the most unexpected and counter-intuitive places." Sounded like an appropriate place to … Continue reading My First Podcast Interview Released!

Real Confession (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, October 23, 2022. The gospel text was Luke 18:9-14. There was once a Sunday School teacher who taught this story to her students. After telling the story, she helped the kids to understand where the Pharisee had gone wrong, by thinking he was … Continue reading Real Confession (Sermon)

Wrestling with God (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The texts I preached on were Genesis 32:22-31 and Luke 18:1-8. We were also celebrating "Harvest Home." Walter was a wrestler. Well, kind of. In a way. I mean, really, he was a farmer, and he was one of the most hard-working people … Continue reading Wrestling with God (Sermon)

Listening to the “Other Side”

I am politically left of center. On some issues, such as LGBT rights, I'm certainly liberal. On others, such as economic issues, I'm less convicted, but I still lean left on most things. Our current polarized society feels like it's divided into two tribes: The Liberals and The Conservatives. Or call them whatever you like...Progressives … Continue reading Listening to the “Other Side”

I Am So Grateful (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached Sunday, October 9, 2022. The gospel reading was Luke 17:11-19. The seed of this sermon was an article I wrote for last week's edition of my newsletter Biblia Luna. Have you checked out Biblia Luna? It's filled with my thoughts on the intersection of faith … Continue reading I Am So Grateful (Sermon)