Unity and Liberation: A Sermon for Easter 7C on Acts 16:16-34 and John 17:20-26

Sermon Easter 7C Unity Liberation Acts 16:16-34 John 17:20-26

Doubt abounds when it should be unity and liberation. Pandemic. Mass shootings. War. Suicide. Super storms. Earthquakes. Floods. Drought. Disease.These events and many more things can cause us to question our faith. And they should. For centuries human beings have been blaming God for things we are often the cause of. We want God to … Read More

Suicide Prevention: Embodying Love, Forgiveness, and Mercy

As I write, I am aware that September is National Suicide Prevention Month and September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. It’s the prefect time to talk about God’s love, forgiveness, and mercy and how they save lives, or could if congregations could grasp hold of them in meaningful, transformative ways. Let’s start with the … Read More

Salt… Salt… and more Salt…

Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth.” He wasn’t kidding or exaggerating or trying to make his disciples feel better. Salt that has been ruined and can’t be used any longer is only good for trampling under foot. I’m wondering if this isn’t exactly what has happened to the moderate to progressive branches … Read More

Three Magi and the Baptist

All those proclamations bubbling with hope during Advent start to fizzle out by the time the magi arrive. And fall even flatter with John the Baptist’s cry for repentance. With the heightened anxiety created by the current Administration and its recent Tweets, the light of the star fades and the voice heard at Jesus’ baptism … Read More