The Rest of the Story

"Peace be with you,"  Jesus says to his disciples when he shows up to greet them after the resurrection.  What he says next might surprise you, and you might spend the rest of your life figuring out how to carry it out this very important instruction! Here is the scripture we read on the first Sunday after Easter: John 20:19-23.   Click below to hear my sermon on the topic: Post-Easter Sermon
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Plucking Blackberries

Today we read the story of Moses and the burning bush, Exodus 3:1-15.  I got to use one of my favorite lines of poetry in my sermon: Earth's crammed with Heaven, and every common bush afire with God.                   But only he who sees takes off his shoes; the rest sit 'round it and pluck blackberries.                                           (Elizabeth Barrett Browning) If you'd like to find out what that has to do with maple seeds, click the link…
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Being a Body

All of us are spending our lifetime inhabiting a body, which we often take for granted.  Preaching on 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 gave me a chance to ponder what it is to be a body, in several different ways.  Click the link below to listen: Sermon 1/27/13 On Being a Body
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Down by the Riverside

John the Baptist is such an interesting character!  When we hear this morning's lesson about his preaching, in which he calls his audience a brood of vipers, and predicts dire things to come, it's tempting to write him off as a fanatical crank.  But given this text (Luke 3:7-18) as a sermon topic, I spent some time thinking about John's back-story (Luke 1:5-80, if you're not familiar with it,) and how that might have influenced him as an adult, and what he might have really been trying to say.   Click on the link below…
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Second Childhood

What is it about being a kid? Jesus says "Anyone who does not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."  Here's my sermon from Saint Francis Sunday, with the Top Ten Reasons we need to be like a child to enter into the experience that Jesus calls "the Kingdom of God." The text is Mark 10: 2-16.  Click below to listen: Saint Francis Sermon 10_7_12
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Many Tongues

In the story of Pentecost from the book of Acts, the visitors to Jerusalem from many different countries were able to hear the ecstatic good news proclaimed by the Spirit-filled disciples, each in their own language.  Here is my sermon from the Feast of Pentecost, with my own take on that event and what it means for us.  Click below to listen. Pentecost.Sermon.5.27.2012
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