“God, Save Me from the Mess that Is Me!”

~ Psalm 30 ~ I preached a sermon a few years back, at a previous church, in which I asked the question: “When I talk to God, am I only talking to myself?” I noted that a few years ago there was a lot of buzz in the media that … Read More

“Quite a Day”

~ Mark 1: 29-39 ~ It’s already been a full Saturday morning, filled with excitement, astonishment – much drama. Mark, the gospel storyteller, has Jesus appearing in public for the first time in the busy cosmopolitan town of Capernaum on the shores of Galilee. He comes to the synagogue, does … Read More

Individualism, Conformity and Authority

~ Deuteronomy 18:15-20/Mark 1:21-28 ~ Of all of the rioters that stormed the capitol building on January 6, to say he stood out is an understatement. Sporting face paint, a furry hat with horns and carrying an American flag attached to a spear, the self-described “QAnon Shaman” was front and … Read More

“Where Do We Go from Here?”

~ 1 Samuel 3:1-10/John 1:43-51 ~ I must say right up front that this is not my title, “Where Do We Go from Here?” It is actually the title of a book published in 1967 by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the last book he wrote before his assassination. The … Read More

“Setting the Stage”

~ Mark 1:1-11/Genesis 1:1-5 ~ A youngish Derek Jacobi wanders through the backstage of a theater, proclaiming: O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention, A kingdom for a stage, princes to act And monarchs to behold the swelling scene! Thus begins the prologue … Read More

“Hindsight is 2020”

~ Isaiah 60:1-6/Matthew 2:9-11 ~ Just a year ago on this Sunday, which now seems like a lifetime ago, I preached about vision – 2020 vision, which, it turns out, was a popular metaphor amongst us preachers. Going into 2020, we took the verbiage of Isaiah – “Arise, shine; for … Read More