Jonah on the Mount (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel reading was Matthew 5:21-37, the third consecutive reading from the Sermon on the Mount. The sermon presupposes two things: first, that you just heard the gospel reading. (Well, they all presuppose that, but this one more … Continue reading Jonah on the Mount (Sermon)

God’s All About Forgiveness (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, Reformation Sunday. The texts I preached on were Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 8:31-36. It was also the occasion of Confirmation for two of our young people. I'm calling them John and Paul here. (I'm in a Beatles mood, I guess.) John and Paul. It … Continue reading God’s All About Forgiveness (Sermon)

Unknown Paths: Another Afternoon of Labyrinths

This is the fifth part of a series about a trip I took to western New York, something of a pilgrimage, to find and walk labyrinths. If you missed them, click here for Part One, Part Two, Part Three, and Part Four. I walked four labyrinths on Saturday morning, and dealt with some questions about … Continue reading Unknown Paths: Another Afternoon of Labyrinths

The Surprise of the Father (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, the Fourth Sunday in Lent. The gospel reading was Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32, the so-called "Parable of the Prodigal Son." When I recited the gospel right before the sermon, I made an attempt to tell the story slightly differently, emphasizing the younger son's words in … Continue reading The Surprise of the Father (Sermon)

My Story of Sexual Harrassment

When I was in seminary, I was not always the nicest person. I was young and grumpy, and sometimes I said and did things that were taken as cruel. I'm not proud of this -- I hope that I've grown out of a lot of it. But there was one instance that has been on … Continue reading My Story of Sexual Harrassment

Snapshots of My Depression #15: The Belly of the Whale

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. This is the story of how I experienced the call to become a pastor. I've told this story in various ways over … Continue reading Snapshots of My Depression #15: The Belly of the Whale

Snapshots of my Depression #14: Locked In

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. In my twenties, I spent five years as the full-time Director of Education/Pastoral Assistant of a Lutheran church. Fresh out of seminary, … Continue reading Snapshots of my Depression #14: Locked In