Catching the Backslide

It's been a while since I blogged anything but a sermon. I want to break this silence, and as I thought about what to write about, it occurred to me that some of you shared that you appreciated my openness and honesty about the experiences I'd had at Alternatives, the partial hospitalization program I attended … Continue reading Catching the Backslide

Lights in the Night Sky (Blue Christmas Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached at our annual Blue Christmas service in 2021. Blue Christmas is a special service designed for people who find the holidays difficult. The gospel I preached on was John 1:1-14. When we think of the night sky at Christmas, I think we tend to think … Continue reading Lights in the Night Sky (Blue Christmas Sermon)

Gabriel’s Story (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The gospel text I used was not the standard one. I used the whole story of the angel Gabriel , Luke 1:8-19, 26-38; 2:8-13a. I preached in character, as the angel Gabriel speaking to a crowd of his fellow … Continue reading Gabriel’s Story (Sermon)

Bearing Emmanuel (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday of Advent. I used alternates texts to what was assigned; the gospel text was Luke 1:39-55., the story of the Visitation. In the little town of NazarethShe was waiting for her wedding dayShe was nervous, excited, apprehensiveShe wondered what would … Continue reading Bearing Emmanuel (Sermon)

Waiting with the Shepherds (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, December 5, 2021, the Second Sunday of Advent. I used alternate readings; this sermon is based on Luke 2:8-20. If you are a parent, think back to when your children were born. Who were the first people you told? How did you share … Continue reading Waiting with the Shepherds (Sermon)

The Tender Mercies (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on the First Sunday of Advent, November 28, 2021. The texts I preached on were not the usual texts of the day. Rather, they were Luke 1:67-79 and Matthew 2:1-12. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people … Continue reading The Tender Mercies (Sermon)

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)

Merry Christmas? Bah!

I must say this. I have to take a stand. As a Christian in this nation, I am increasingly upset every year. Each December, as I make my way through streets and stores, I hear holiday greetings. But never, never do I hear the name of the holiday I am celebrating. It's sickening. Oh sure, … Continue reading Merry Christmas? Bah!