A Remembrance of Baptism during Global Pandemic

We are learning how to be the church while physically distanced from each other in these days of COVID-19, and I have heard so many clergy and lay people lamenting the impossibility of communion. To feed that deep sacramental hunger, I wrote this baptismal remembrance for my congregation to use this week, and I hope … Continue reading A Remembrance of Baptism during Global Pandemic

Confession is a Gift

Ash Wednesday 2020 Spiritual Practices Series: Confession Mark 9:30-37 This year during Lent, we are focusing on spiritual practices, taking one traditional faith practices of Christian community each week. And we’re not just going to talk about these practices, we are actually going to practice. So if you need a moment to prepare yourself for … Continue reading Confession is a Gift

The Death (and Resurrection) of Simple

I miss who I used to be: someone who believed in one love for your whole life, an overly optimistic Pollyanna who could find the silver lining in any situation, someone whose life was simply... SIMPLE. I know that simplicity was always an illusion, one largely supported by the massive privilege I've been afforded by … Continue reading The Death (and Resurrection) of Simple

Tears and Trumpets: A Sermon on Ezra 3

  Read the Scripture for this sermon here.           Congratulations, people of God, as of today’s reading, we’ve made it through the Old Testament story. We’ve seen God working in partnership with humans from the creation onward, through post-menopausal pregnancies, all night wrestling matches and flaming foliage. God has bound themselves … Continue reading Tears and Trumpets: A Sermon on Ezra 3

Afterlife II: A Resurrection Rant

At my church's Wednesday bible study this morning, our text was Acts 24, the eerily parallel account of Paul's trial before the Roman governor and high priest. He's on trial, it seems, for his insistence on the resurrection. And not just the resurrection of Jesus, which he proclaims, but about a Way of living a … Continue reading Afterlife II: A Resurrection Rant

God and No Mortal: A Sermon on Hosea

We are in the book of God’s prophet Hosea this week, about a hundred years after Elijah’s story from last week. Hosea lives in the northern Kingdom of Israel, likely the distant descendant of those who revolted against King Rehoboam in our scripture from two weeks ago. And from that moment when Jeroboam built the … Continue reading God and No Mortal: A Sermon on Hosea