Sermons


Earlier this year, I heard a story about baby boomer grandparents.  More than any other generation before them, baby boomers have resisted the term ‘grandpa or grandma, grandfather or grandmother.’ The author of the story remarked, “however mightily my peers may pine for grandchildren and adore them when they arrive, some don’t want to acknowledge […]

We are all a product of our own collection of saints.  Our greatest sin would be to deny their faith and to suggest we’ve created our particular lives on our own. Hebrews 12 The Message (MSG) Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It […]

Audio version of “Jesus, Our Rabbi Still” Thank you for the three-month sabbatical you granted to me from July through September. The best part of my time away was our family trip to Europe. We spent 5 days in Munich, and then traveled to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland where we spent another 5 days. One day we […]

The 6th in a series, The Puzzle We Call Faith   Romans 12 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be […]

Those of us in activist congregations are being called to pay attention to a profound paradox in our midst – that sometimes the best way to enact justice in the world is not by doing, but by stopping. Audio version of Paradox in a Justice Seeking Congregation   The Wild Geese Horseback on Sunday morning, […]

These are the times to grow our souls. Each of us is called upon to embrace the conviction that despite the powers and principalities bent on commodifying all our human relationships, we have the power within us to create the world anew.  (Grace Lee Boggs)  I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of […]

Audio version of Upside Down Service If our efforts at charity and justice don’t call our lifestyles, our assumptions, or our financial beliefs into question, are they really part of Jesus’ ‘new commandment’ to be servant leaders washing feet?   It’s just before Passover – preparations would have been evident everywhere. People would be streaming […]

This the second in my series, The Puzzle We Call Faith. With regular frequency, visitors to this congregation share how moving they find our ritual of sharing Joys and Concerns.   It doesn’t matter that they don’t even know us. I think this is because as we share portions of our individual or collective stories; the […]

We are never stronger than when we’re depending on God!   Early one morning, a mother went in to wake up her daughter. “Wake up, sweetheart. It’s time to go to school!” “But why, Mom? I don’t want to go.” “Give me two reasons why you don’t want to go.” “Well, the kids hate me […]

How many of you like jigsaw puzzles? How many of you hate jigsaw puzzles? In my experience, every family has those who love them and those who are happy that others love them.  Some of you know that a common strategy is to try to put together the frame of the puzzle first.  One side […]