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)
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)
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached last night, Good Friday. The gospel text was the Passion according to John, John 18:1 -- 19:42. John tells us that it was a Friday evening when Passover began that year. It was one of those years when the first day of Passover was also … Continue reading The Completion of the Cross (Sermon)
This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached tonight, Maundy Thursday. The gospel text was John 13:1-17, 31-35. I didn't really preach on that text, however; I preached more on the theme of the evening, in particular the connection with Passover. There are some moments that are defining. Moments when everything changes. When … Continue reading Christ-Defining Moment (Sermon)
While doing some work on my upcoming sermons, I found a website called "My Jewish Learning," which is designed as an encyclopedia of sorts for all things Jewish, to aid everyone from a synagogue leader looking to deepen her knowledge to a newcomer considering converting to Judaism. It has a nice article by Rabbi Ismar … Continue reading Easter is not about ME ME ME!
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)
This is one in a series of posts I’m calling “Snapshots of my Depression.” These are memories of times in my life when my mental illness manifested itself in one way or another. In my last entry, I shared the story of my first suicide attempt. This is the story of my third, and final, … Continue reading Snapshots of My Depression #7: The Final Cut (Part Two)