Hidden God, Fading Light: An Afternoon of Labyrinths

In my last blog post, I shared the four labyrinths I walked this morning in the Buffalo, New York region. In the afternoon, I walked another four. These four walks don't tell a cohesive story in the same way, but I'd still like to tell you about them. After a nice coffee break at Tim … Continue reading Hidden God, Fading Light: An Afternoon of Labyrinths

The Right Direction (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 17:5-10. We also celebrated the Holy Baptism of an infant child, whom I'll call Paxton here. Good morning, Paxton. I’m so glad you’re here today. Today you are baptized. Today God washes you clean of your sin. Today … Continue reading The Right Direction (Sermon)

Crossing the Chasm (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 16:19-31. During worship this morning, we celebrated the baptism of an infant I'm calling Matthew. Good morning, Matthew. I’m so glad you’re here today. Today you are washed by the waters of Baptism. Today God claims you as … Continue reading Crossing the Chasm (Sermon)

Get Ready (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel was Luke 12:32-40. At this service, I officiated at the Holy Baptism of "Austin" (not his real name). Good morning, Austin. I’m so glad you’re here today. Today is a very special day for you. Today, we proclaim God’s love for … Continue reading Get Ready (Sermon)

The Waters of Perseverance (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday in Lent (Year C). The gospel reading was Luke 13:1-9. An adult, whom I'm calling Susan here, was baptized in worship this morning. Our hearts are broken by the news lately. Fifty people were brutally murdered by a terrorist shooter … Continue reading The Waters of Perseverance (Sermon)

Forty-One

I haven't written a blog post about myself at a particular age in a while, and I'm running out of time to do so. We're getting very close to my current age, so I thought I'd better throw another one of those in before it's too late. (That, and I also couldn't come up with anything … Continue reading Forty-One

How Can You Give Your Time to God? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The text I preached on was the Second Reading, Acts 8:14-17. This was the first in a four-week Stewardship Program. Today's theme was "Giving our Time to God Changes Everything." When word reached the apostles in Jerusalem that Samaria had accepted God’s word, … Continue reading How Can You Give Your Time to God? (Sermon)

Baptism vs. Rapture

Day 8, I suppose, of Walking and Blogging. I got my 10,000 steps in today, and here go some words. Not 10,000 of them, though. So, yesterday I neither got all my steps nor blogged. Last evening, when I got home from a pastoral emergency call, I gave myself the day off from both. I … Continue reading Baptism vs. Rapture

Moving the Source of Darkwater

What happened today was a long time coming. I have to start from the beginning. Forty-two years ago, I was baptized at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Breakerville, a small town in the coal regions of Pennsylvania. (I’ve changed the names of both the church and the town, for reasons you'll get to in a … Continue reading Moving the Source of Darkwater

Words are for Building Up, Not Tearing Down

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 3:20-35. It was also the celebration of three baptisms -- I've changed the names of the children baptized for this blog.  Good morning, David and Lily. Good morning, Megan. I’m so glad you’re here today. I’m really excited … Continue reading Words are for Building Up, Not Tearing Down