Sermon: More Than Enough Blame

Mark 2:1-22 Eight years ago in January, I was serving as the associate pastor of a church in Ohio, and it was the night of the Confirmation lock-in. (A lock-in is when you spend the night in a church on purpose. Everybody brings a sleeping bag. Nobody gets any sleep.)...

Sermon: I Know Who You Are

Mark 1:21-45 There could be people in this room who remember. Back in the nineteen seventies, the neighborhood was changing. We were feeling all the fears, and prejudices, and questions that come with being a white church in a black neighborhood. Church membership...

Sermon: Silent Night

Luke 1:57-80 If you had been in the room that day… If you had been in the room crowded with neighbors, you would have felt the spirit of unreasonable joy. This was not any old bris! If you had been there you would know you were beholding a miracle. See Elizabeth...

Sermon: The Power of God

Isaiah 40:1-11 I recently came upon the testimony of a man named Jim Zenner who is veteran from the war in Iraq. He was writing about something called moral injury. This occurs when a person experiences an internal conflict between his core values and his behavior;...

Sermon: Waiting for the Prophets

Jeremiah 33:14-18 Imagine the scene. About five hundred and eighty-eight years before Jesus was born, Israel had been divided into a Northern Kingdom and a Southern Kingdom. Now the Southern Kingdom, Judah, was under attack. The Assyrians were invading from the north;...

Sermon: Getting to the Second Story

Isaiah 5:1-7 and Isaiah 11:1-5 Today the Narrative Lectionary gives us two scriptures from the prophet Isaiah, and thank goodness we get both. Can you imagine if all we got was the first one? It means something that the Song of the Delinquent Vineyard does not get the...

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