Christmas Poem XXVI: “Christmas at Darkwater Church”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the past 26 days, I’ve been publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. It's now Christmas Day, so here is 2017's poem. Merry Christmas! If you're not familiar with … Continue reading Christmas Poem XXVI: “Christmas at Darkwater Church”

Invited to the Banquet

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today. The gospel reading was Matthew 22:1-14.  As Lutherans, we talk a lot about grace, God’s love freely given. We understand that grace is God’s primary way of relating to us. Relying on insights that Luther rediscovered in Paul’s letters, we teach that Christ’s death … Continue reading Invited to the Banquet

Healing a Broken Church

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached at a special service called Order of Corporate Reconciliation. We offered this worship experience at my congregation as one of several opportunities for healing following a very contentious and conflicted congregational vote a few months ago. The most powerful moment in the service for me was during … Continue reading Healing a Broken Church

The Hope of the Reformation

I write a monthly article for my congregation's newsletter. I just wrote my October article today, focusing on the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. As I wrote it, I thought, "This might work well as a blog entry too." So here's an adapted version of it. For those of you who are in … Continue reading The Hope of the Reformation

Labyrinth #15: Grace Episcopal Church, Hopkinsville, KY

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.  I'm in Hopkinsville, Kentucky with my daughter in … Continue reading Labyrinth #15: Grace Episcopal Church, Hopkinsville, KY

Labyrinth #13: Pleasantville UCC, Chalfont, 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.  In my last labyrinth post, I mentioned that … Continue reading Labyrinth #13: Pleasantville UCC, Chalfont, PA

They All May Be One

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Seventh Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was John 17:1-11.  So…when Jesus had said all he wanted to say, He looked up to heaven and started to pray, “Father, this is my hour, the end of my story, So glorify me that … Continue reading They All May Be One