Under the Broom Tree

Elijah went a day's journey in to the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: "It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors." I Kings 19:4 I'm having an Elijah moment this morning, after being... Continue Reading →

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 →

At Least

If Marrett were alive and aware of how negative the space inside my head is these days, he'd recommend a daily gratitude practice. But, because he's not, I just can't get to gratitude most days. Instead, I've developed this sad little game I play at the end of each day, which is possibly a step... Continue Reading →

The Parable of the Bird Poop

A sermon on Mark 4 A few notes about parables before I really get started: First, there is no one right way to interpret a parable, so please don’t expect me to tell you exactly what this or any parable means or doesn’t mean. Jesus tells us himself that understanding his parables isn’t going to... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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