Shhhh. It’s okay. I’m here. (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday in Lent. The gospel reading was Luke 13:31-35. I began the sermon with a doll. I held it up to my shoulder, gently patting its back and saying "shhh." I then said, "There you go. Good night," and put it … Continue reading Shhhh. It’s okay. I’m here. (Sermon)

Christmas Poem XXVI: “Christmas at Darkwater Church”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the past 26 days, I’ve been publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. It's now Christmas Day, so here is 2017's poem. Merry Christmas! If you're not familiar with … Continue reading Christmas Poem XXVI: “Christmas at Darkwater Church”

Peace Amid Fear

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached today, the Second Sunday of Easter. The gospel reading was John 20:19-31. I feel like I should be somewhere else today. And what’s pretty strange is that the place I feel I should be is St. Luke Lutheran Church, a little congregation in Archbald, which … Continue reading Peace Amid Fear

Thirty Minutes

Waiting and watching I am watching myself twist and gyre I am waiting for the calm to come A headache cries for a cure My brain is pulsing and throbbing Pop the two orange pills and wait... ...wait... In thirty minutes the peace arrives as the blood vessels release Or whatever. Biology's not my field. … Continue reading Thirty Minutes

The Victory of Life and Peace (Holy Saturday)

I preached four times this weekend, during the "Great Three Days" worship service that lasts from Thursday evening through Sunday morning. In current Evangelical Lutheran liturgical understanding, this is one long service that begins with Maundy Thursday and ends with the Vigil of Easter. Click here for Maundy Thursday. Click here for Good Friday. This is Holy … Continue reading The Victory of Life and Peace (Holy Saturday)