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)

Drifting Ashes

A semi-fictional account of recent encounters with both my therapist and my spiritual director. I say "semi-fictional," because it didn't really happen quite as written below. However, it is all true in another way. Perhaps I could call it a "mythical account." We got deep into it that morning. Questions of career and direction. Questions … Continue reading Drifting Ashes

Putting the Lord to the Test (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday in Lent. The gospel text was Luke 4:1-13.  When I think about this gospel story, I often picture Jesus sitting in the desert, and then the devil arrives, walking close to him, whispering temptation after temptation in his ear. And … Continue reading Putting the Lord to the Test (Sermon)

For You (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The text I preached on was 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. Think of a gift you received that was really important to you. The last four weeks here in church, we’ve been talking about some gifts that are important. We’ve been talking about the gifts … Continue reading For You (Sermon)

You Have Spiritual Gifts (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday after Epiphany. The text I preached on was 1 Corinthians 12:1-12. It's the second week (should have been the third, but ice happened last weekend) of our Stewardship Campaign.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg enrolled in Harvard Law School in 1956. She … Continue reading You Have Spiritual Gifts (Sermon)

Twenty-Six

Ever hear of gematria? Gematria is a method of assigning numerical value to a Hebrew name, word, or phrase based on its letters. The way it works: each letter in the Hebrew alphabet is assigned a number, as follows: aleph = 1 bet = 2 gimel = 3 And so on. Once you reach 9, … Continue reading Twenty-Six

The Beginning of the Birth Pangs

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 13:1-8. I also referred to the other readings as well, Daniel 12:1-3 and Hebrews 10:11-25. When? When? When, O Lord, are the buildings going to fall? When are the wars you predict to come? When will nation rise … Continue reading The Beginning of the Birth Pangs