Tempting the Church (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday in Lent. The gospel text was Matthew 4:1-11. So Jesus had a party for his baptism. But it wasn’t like the parties that my wife and I hosted for our kids’ baptisms. Shortly after our daughter Zoe was baptized, we … Continue reading Tempting the Church (Sermon)

You and Your Father In Secret (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, Ash Wednesday. The gospel text was Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. Long-time readers of this blog may notice a distinct influence from a retreat I took three years ago. Did you ever get the sense that God is hiding from you? Maybe you feel like there’s … Continue reading You and Your Father In Secret (Sermon)

Stoking the Fire

I had a very intriguing meeting at church this evening. Lent begins in about a month, and we were discussing what we would be offering this year as a midweek Lenten observance. Some years we offer a worship service, other years an educational opportunity. We decided that it was time to offer some sort of … Continue reading Stoking the Fire

The Waters of Perseverance (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday in Lent (Year C). The gospel reading was Luke 13:1-9. An adult, whom I'm calling Susan here, was baptized in worship this morning. Our hearts are broken by the news lately. Fifty people were brutally murdered by a terrorist shooter … Continue reading The Waters of Perseverance (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

Lent with the Dark Voice

The Dark Voice has been talking to me a lot lately. The Dark Voice is the name I have given to the voice inside me that has been telling me lies for most of my life, lies that I have so often believed. The Dark Voice tells me things like: You are worthless. You should … Continue reading Lent with the Dark Voice

As I have loved you

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018. The gospel text was John 13:1-7, 31-35.   So… Love one another, Jesus said. I give you a new command. Love one another, care for each other. Offer a helping hand. Sounds good and right, and sounds like Jesus. … Continue reading As I have loved you