[sermon] birth pangs

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

what about the widow’s mite?

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?

[sermon] all saint’s day: accidental saints

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

unity in diversity

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

“what belongs to me can only be mine only when it is also for others” [a sermon]

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]

phoenixes

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