The Watery Theophany

An image in words based on Matthew 3:13-17 Soon. So soon it comes. So soon silently a torrent rips across the sky. A wrenching rending thunderstorm cataclysm in reverse. Silently. So silently. The waters bubble and shimmer, hydrogen and oxygen quivering in homage to the one whose cells and humors descend into the darkwater abyss. … Continue reading The Watery Theophany

The Smartest Kid in School (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached yesterday, the Third Sunday of Advent. The gospel text was Matthew 11:2-11. I also began a two-month period of leading the congregation in talking and praying about "pastoral care." You may see this theme appear in many upcoming sermons. When you’re in school, sometimes you … Continue reading The Smartest Kid in School (Sermon)

You Bag of Snakes (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday of Advent. The gospel text was Matthew 3:1-12. Oh, here we go. It’s the second Sunday of Advent, two and a half weeks until Christmas, and so of course whom do we meet? Mary and Joseph? The angel Gabriel? Nope. … Continue reading You Bag of Snakes (Sermon)

Red Prayer, Blue Prayer

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. I left the lectionary behind today, and used this gospel text: Matthew 6:25-33. Jesus tells us not to worry. Don’t worry about what you will eat, what you will drink, what you will wear. Consider the lilies of the field. The birds of … Continue reading Red Prayer, Blue Prayer

Ships in Harbors, Talents in the Ground

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 25:14-30. When Jonathan was young, he was always anxious. Things had to be done the right way, or it upset him. For example: he and his brother played with refrigerator magnets, you know, the big colorful plastic letters … Continue reading Ships in Harbors, Talents in the Ground

Wait Like a Farmer

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 25:1-13, the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids.  I’d like to tell you today about Robert. Robert was a very active member of a congregation I served. Still is, I’m sure. I remember him as a quiet, thoughtful man. … Continue reading Wait Like a Farmer

Give to God the Things that are God’s

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 22:15-22.  The Pharisees were clever. They wanted to trap Jesus, catch him off-guard, get him to say something he’d regret. So they asked him about taxes. “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor or not?” they … Continue reading Give to God the Things that are God’s