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)
The first reading from worship last week has been sitting in my head for a while now. I didn't even preach on it...I preached on the Gospel reading (as I usually do). But it's the first reading, Acts 16:16-34, that's been on my mind. I've been thinking about what it means to "be saved." I … Continue reading How Can I Be Saved?