The Summer of 2017

For the next month or so, I am reflecting back on summers in my past, partially to discern why my depression tends to get worse in the summer, and partially as a project to get myself writing again. I'm thinking back on those days, seeing what I did and how I felt, and seeing what … Continue reading The Summer of 2017

The Summer of 2018

For the next month or so, I want to write about the summers in my life. I have discerned that my depression is often at a low point during the summer, which could be connected to some “small-t traumas” I have experienced throughout my life during the summer. And yet, despite that, I know that … Continue reading The Summer of 2018

The Lord’s Prayer – Annotated (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, July 28, 2019. The lectionary text was Luke 11:1-13. How well do you know how to pray? If you're like a lot of Christians, you probably think, "not so well." Yet, I bet you know how to pray better than you think. Jesus’ … Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer – Annotated (Sermon)

Sit and Listen, a Guided Meditation (Sermon)

Today's sermon was a "prayer journey," a type of guided meditation. As such, instead of a blog post, I present it as an audio recording. It's about eight minutes long. Feel free to listen to it below. https://youtu.be/v-OavRvUz-Y Featured image by Waltteri Paulaharju from Pixabay

The Innkeeper on the J-J Highway (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. It was preached in character, as an imaginary innkeeper on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho (the J-J Highway of the title). The gospel text was the so-called Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37. My name is Josiah. I run an inn … Continue reading The Innkeeper on the J-J Highway (Sermon)

Big Grace, Big Work (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Sunday, July 7. The gospel reading was Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. Apologies for the lateness of this post. God has work for you to do. Do you know how big this work is? Jesus says, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like a flash of … Continue reading Big Grace, Big Work (Sermon)

Let’s be Honest (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, on the Feast of the Holy Trinity. The reading I preached on was Romans 5:1-5. This is a sermon about suffering. And about honesty. First, let’s be honest about the world we live in. I once had the funeral for an man in … Continue reading Let’s be Honest (Sermon)