hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25 (NRSV) and every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. but when christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of god,” and since then has been waiting … Continue reading [sermon] birth pangs
a sermon offered to solcum union church and first united methodist church of elkhart, texas. a different view of a text typically offered as a stewardship campaign--turned on its head. mark 12: 38-44 as he was teaching, he said, "watch out for the legal experts. they like to walk around in long robes. they want … Continue reading what about the widow’s mite?
a sermon offered to solcum union church and elkhart first united methodist church for all saint's sunday, 2015. inspired by rev. nadia bolz-weber's newest book _accidental saints_ and the week's lectionary texts. isaiah 25: 6-9 psalm 24 revelation 21:1-6a john 11:32-44 mother teresa, or teresa of calcutta, the founder of the missionaries of charity who most famously … Continue reading [sermon] all saint’s day: accidental saints
slocum union church and elkhart first united methodist church--sunday august 2, 2015. 11th sunday after pentecost. ephesians 4:1-16 (common english bible) therefore, as a prisoner for the lord, i encourage you to live as people worthy of the call you received from god. conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. accept each other with … Continue reading unity in diversity
Ia sermon preached for slocum union church and elkhart first united methodist churches on sunday 7/26/2015. before the service the congregation was asked to answer three questions on a sheet of paper and add them to the offering plates later in the service: "what i wonder about our community_____ what i dream for our church … Continue reading “what belongs to me can only be mine only when it is also for others” [a sermon]
my second sunday in elkhart sort of snuck up on me after being away with the texas youth academy for two weeks--my second sunday in this community found me reworking an older sermon (from youth academy two years ago, it may be familiar if you've been around this blog for a bit) for this week. … Continue reading you’re already dead : lean in [a sermon]
a sermon preached with the texas youth academy 2015 on discipleship day (july 16, 2015)--in a world worship service at southwestern university--perkins chapel. deuteronomy 11:18-21 you shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on … Continue reading if it is important to you:find a way [a sermon]
dissatisfied with being mr duffy, and beginning to inhabit my body again, peeking into my heart, and poking around: i found many things. it may be time to take up boxing.
how is it that life bursts with beauty (when it is lived in here)? (and seems plain) out here?
you are not rising from the ashes, you are ashes re-membered. coaxed back into shape. re-formed. you are fire and flame and all consuming beauty. blazing. fire-life. you, dear love, are reborn from the smoke-remnant of the fire that was supposed to subdue. … Continue reading phoenixes