Hidden God, Fading Light: An Afternoon of Labyrinths

In my last blog post, I shared the four labyrinths I walked this morning in the Buffalo, New York region. In the afternoon, I walked another four. These four walks don't tell a cohesive story in the same way, but I'd still like to tell you about them. After a nice coffee break at Tim … Continue reading Hidden God, Fading Light: An Afternoon of Labyrinths

The Right Direction (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 17:5-10. We also celebrated the Holy Baptism of an infant child, whom I'll call Paxton here. Good morning, Paxton. I’m so glad you’re here today. Today you are baptized. Today God washes you clean of your sin. Today … Continue reading The Right Direction (Sermon)

Whom Will You Serve? (sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 16:1-13. For centuries, scholars have been confounded by this parable. This is without a doubt one of the most confusing stories Jesus ever told. It’s a story of a man caught by his boss, caught for squandering money. … Continue reading Whom Will You Serve? (sermon)

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better (Sermon)

I’m not sure, but I think that we all believe that we’re better than somebody else. We all know that we’re not supposed to. Maybe we’d all deny it. And some of us may think it’s not true. But I think, deep down … Here, take this. Remember the TV show MASH? If you’re my … Continue reading Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better (Sermon)

On Earth as in Heaven (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Sixth Sunday of Easter. This is part of a series I'm preaching on the book of Revelation, which I've been referring to as "Crazy Uncle Revelation." The text today was Revelation 21:10, 22 -- 22:5. I’ve noticed that as people get older, … Continue reading On Earth as in Heaven (Sermon)

Who’s in Heaven, Anyway? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. I'm preaching a sermon series on the book of Revelation; today's text was Revelation 7:9-17. Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, a fifty-day season when we focus on Jesus’ resurrection, and what that means for us. Today … Continue reading Who’s in Heaven, Anyway? (Sermon)

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)

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)