Category Archives: Sermons

Smoldering Ashes

Acts 2:1-21; watch the video here When the day of Pentecost arrived,they all met in one room. Like a movie,Pentecost is filled with fantastical activity:winds roar; flames dance;foreign words fly from people’s mouths. Yet, what wows me todayis that the group all met in one location. Another translation reads,When the day of Pentecost arrived,they were […]
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As If

Acts 16:16-34; watch the sermon here                                     — Dear God, Help us to be really present.To you. To each other.To your Word. Amen. There’s a freedom song that sings of Paul and Silas in prison. The freedom song is called “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize.”It was written for the Freedom Riders,black and white civil rights activists […]
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The Imprint of Sole

Acts 9:36-43 [watch video here] Transforming love. Let’s take a survey. Who has ever been transformed by love? Raise your hand if the answer is yes. I have! How have you been transformed? Has it been like the slow drip of rainthat leaves scattered holes on a rock’s surface?Or have you experienced a sudden transformation–like […]
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The Moment of Recognition

[Watch video here.] John 21:1-19 Let’s pray. Loving Rabboni, you welcome me into your community.You listen to my voice, you see me as I am, and I am loved.I have courage and strength to persevere in your loving way,loving God, loving creation, and loving my neighbor.Send me; use me.When I encounter suffering, I will show […]
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Resurrection Patience

[Watch video here.] Luke 24:13-49 On the first day of the week,the women came to the tomb bringing spices.Grieving, they could have remained at home;that would be a normal response to death.Death had left a void in their hearts and their lives,that hole was in the shape of their beloved, Jesus. Still, they love Jesus.Still, […]
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The Spiritual Practice of Wastefulness

John 12:1-8 [Watch the sermon video here.] They called Jesus a waster. One who wastes.Mary found her special perfume, which cost a year’s wages,and poured it all over Jesus’ feet. Priceless perfume oozed into his souls,and then … the floor! The onlookers remembered that Jesus rebuked extravagance.Now, as priceless perfume soaked his skinthey called him […]
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Sermon: Rock the Boat

Luke 5:1-11; watch the sermon video here Ugh. Another useless night. Why do I even bother? Simon Peter thinks.He’s come up empty handed after a night of fishing.Night after night he has been fishing.Trying new parts of the water.Asking other fishers for the best method of catching fish.Mending the nets.Surely, he must be one throw […]
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A Willingness to Weep

John 2:1-12; watch video here On a cold winter day,there’s a woman on the New York subwayin a thin sweater, clearly freezing and hungry.She’s asking for money; a few people hand her a dollar quicklywithout eye contact. Everyone’s trying to get the whole thing over with.She’s carrying bags of stuff, bumping into peoplewho are grumbling […]
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A Note on Stars

Matthew 2:1-12 Necks tilted upward, eyes skyward,the magi halt, captivated. The magi are star-gazers to be sure. There’s something about stars, isn’t there? The way they sparkle the night and speckle the sky with silver glitter.Their luminosity shoots through space at light-year speed.Still, the demur stars wait until the quiet of night to reveal themselves. […]
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At the Threshold

Luke 1:39-55 [watch sermon here] It’s only been a few dayssince Mary heard the newsthat that would change her life forever. Mary had just learned that she would be part of the processof birthing a revolution for her people. Unable to stay still, Mary set outand ran with haste to the hill country. There’s an […]
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