a sermon after charleston

They Took Jesus with Them, Just as He Was I imagine God is crying this morning. In fact, I am sure that God has been weeping since Wednesday. This morning in Charleston, South Carolina, our brothers and sisters in Christ are worshipping God in a church where nine saints of God were killed last Wednesday […]

comin’ in on a wing and a prayer

(A sermon based on Exodus 32:1-14 Philippians 4:1-9) When was the last time you were on the Mt. Washington Auto Road? Do you like that kind of driving? Having so much beauty all around you, but having to keep your eyes glued to the road? Or were you a passenger, and maybe wondering if you […]

the voicemail

The Voicemail The flashing light tells me someone has called. I sigh, probably another marketing call, “do you need your windows cleaned?” Amid sobs, “He’s sick, … visit him? … looking for God, … help him? We don’t know …, … call back?” There it was. So clear the need through garbled words. No name […]

milk and honey flowing

(A sermon based on Exodus 3.1-15; Matthew 16.21-28) I have a friend who loves fiddleheads. You know, the first green fronds of some ferns. They appear in the earliest spring, almost before spring it seems, while we’re still having cool nights and the ground is still too wet to do any planting. While winter might […]

praying the bigger picture

(A sermon based on Genesis 45.1-15 and Matthew 15.21-28) Imagine a meeting of the combined US House and Senate down in Washington. Can you picture that room? Oozing with rich wood, usually decorum among the members, particular behavior and speaking protocols to be observed. You don’t just speak up. You wait to be recognized. There […]

dreamers and ghosts

(A sermon based on Genesis 37.1-4, 12-28 and Matthew 14.22-33) It’s a story fit for the movies, and of course, popular movies have been made about Joseph. The play, and later movie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one. In the story of Joseph we hear about divine blessing, the blessings of the land, […]