The Opposite of a Black Hole (Easter Vigil Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached at the Great Vigil of Easter this morning. The gospel text was John 20:1-18. Rabbouni. That was the word Mary said to Jesus once she knew it was really him. Once Mary believed that Jesus had risen from the dead, she spoke one word, Rabbouni. … Continue reading The Opposite of a Black Hole (Easter Vigil Sermon)

Snapshots of My Depression #13: Persona in Progress

This is one in a series of posts I’m calling “Snapshots of my Depression.” These are memories of times in my life when my mental illness manifested itself in one way or another. I can remember sitting at a table outside a restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, browsing through a document I'd printed out a few … Continue reading Snapshots of My Depression #13: Persona in Progress

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

Joy through Togetherness

My father lent me the book The Book of Joy by Douglas Abrams, a series of interviews with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I'm about a third of the way through it right now, and I'm finding it to be excellent. Here is a paragraph that especially spoke to me today: "What … Continue reading Joy through Togetherness