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)

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)

Faith, Hope, and Money (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany. We're in the midst of our Stewardship Campaign, and today's theme was "Giving to God of our Income Changes Everything." The theme scripture reading was 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.  There was once a couple, Alex and Morgan. In their … Continue reading Faith, Hope, and Money (Sermon)

Thirty-Six

A few years ago, the New York Times published an article entitled The 36 Questions that Lead to Love. Based on the work of psychologist Arthur Aron, these questions are designed to foster intimacy in an organic, yet swift, way. The idea is to carve out some time with someone, perhaps someone you know only a little … Continue reading Thirty-Six

Yes, And…

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the day called The Holy Trinity. We also celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Baptism with two children this morning. I've changed their first names in this blog, but their middle name is the same. The readings this morning were Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17, … Continue reading Yes, And…

What is Love Anymore (poem, 1996)

I wrote this poem back in college, in the throes of a particularly intense romantic relationship. This was also during my "goth" period (when I wore black on the outside because I was black on the inside). You can probably tell. There once was a tremor There once was a star That ruled all our … Continue reading What is Love Anymore (poem, 1996)

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