The Watery Theophany

An image in words based on Matthew 3:13-17 Soon. So soon it comes. So soon silently a torrent rips across the sky. A wrenching rending thunderstorm cataclysm in reverse. Silently. So silently. The waters bubble and shimmer, hydrogen and oxygen quivering in homage to the one whose cells and humors descend into the darkwater abyss. … Continue reading The Watery Theophany

The Slow Telling of a Story

It's very hard to be patient when you're trying to get your first book published. At least that's been my experience. People often ask me, "How's your book coming along?" And my answer is usually a shrug, and something mumbled about, "I'm waiting at this point." I'll tell you, it has been a long process … Continue reading The Slow Telling of a Story

There is Light (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. Today we observed the Epiphany of Our Lord, and used a service of Lessons and Carols. All of the readings and songs were in some way related to light, and I invited the congregation to repeat the word and point to the cross … Continue reading There is Light (Sermon)

Labyrinth #35: Karl Stirner Arts Trail, Easton, PA

I enjoy walking labyrinths. Labyrinths are maze-like structures that have been used as spiritual tools for centuries. There are many of them around, and I am in the habit of trying to visit a lot of them. For more information about labyrinths, check out The Labyrinth Society. Find where labyrinths are in your area at the … Continue reading Labyrinth #35: Karl Stirner Arts Trail, Easton, PA

Something So Tiny… (Christmas Eve Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Christmas Eve 2019. One thing must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate: Every Christmas Eve I have a sort of dialogue sermon with Kermit the Frog. Yes, that Kermit the Frog. You see, I … Continue reading Something So Tiny… (Christmas Eve Sermon)

Christmas is for the Suffering (Blue Christmas Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached at a "Blue Christmas" service today. It’s almost Christmas, just a few more days and families will gather together, present will be opened, children will be ecstatic, memories will be made. Some of us will be back here again in this place, singing joyful carols … Continue reading Christmas is for the Suffering (Blue Christmas Sermon)

Naming God’s Presence (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The gospel text was Matthew 1:18-25. That is the entire Christmas story according to Matthew. It’s a little different than we’re used to, isn’t it? The story that we’ll hear on Tuesday night is the one Luke tells, … Continue reading Naming God’s Presence (Sermon)

The Smartest Kid in School (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached yesterday, the Third Sunday of Advent. The gospel text was Matthew 11:2-11. I also began a two-month period of leading the congregation in talking and praying about "pastoral care." You may see this theme appear in many upcoming sermons. When you’re in school, sometimes you … Continue reading The Smartest Kid in School (Sermon)

You Bag of Snakes (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday of Advent. The gospel text was Matthew 3:1-12. Oh, here we go. It’s the second Sunday of Advent, two and a half weeks until Christmas, and so of course whom do we meet? Mary and Joseph? The angel Gabriel? Nope. … Continue reading You Bag of Snakes (Sermon)

The Most Wonderful Time (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday of Advent. The gospel text was Matthew 24:36-44. Oh boy oh boy oh boy. It’s Advent! And we all know what Advent means. Advent is a season of waiting, and we all know what we’re waiting for. The baby Jesus! … Continue reading The Most Wonderful Time (Sermon)