Letting Peace Hold Our Wounds – A Pentecost Sermon On John 20:19-23

America is in a hard place these days, and we have been for quite a while. Over the last few months of the coronavirus many have said that we’re all in this together. Yes, but we’re not all together in this. We are not “all together in one place” on this day of Pentecost. Our country is divided, fragmented, and wounded. And so is my heart. Maybe yours is too.

It’s not easy to talk about our wounds; whether it’s our individual wounds or our national wounds, whether it’s the wounds we’ve received or the ones we’ve inflicted. To talk about our wounds requires us to look at what we’ve done and left undone. It means we each have to look within ourselves. It means taking responsibility for our lives. It means valuing the life and wounds of another as much as our own. Continue reading Letting Peace Hold Our Wounds – A Pentecost Sermon On John 20:19-23

The Gaps In Our Lives – A Sermon On Acts 1:6-14

At some point we all come to a gap in our life. It takes us to the edge of what we know, to the border of what we believe, to the horizon of what we can see, to the limit of our self-sufficiency. The gap is paradoxical. It look like two opposing edges and feels like we are being puled two different directions, but paradoxes remind us that there is more there than what we can see.

Sometimes the gap feels like an ever widening chasm that I will never be able to bridge or cross. Other times it feels like an abyss into which I am falling and will never get out of. Sometimes that gap is about a longing and desire for something new, something different, something more. Other times that gap is about pain, loss, and heartbreak. Continue reading The Gaps In Our Lives – A Sermon On Acts 1:6-14

The Advocate – A Sermon On John 14:15-21

That we need an Advocate to change God’s mind about us just doesn’t fit a God “who so loved the world.” It’s contrary to Jesus saying that he came not to condemn the world but to save, heal, and transform it (John 3:17). “I came,” he says, “that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:9).

What if the Advocate’s role is not to change God’s mind but to change our minds about ourselves and each other? Continue reading The Advocate – A Sermon On John 14:15-21

The Question of Reopening – A Sermon on Psalm 23 and John 10:1-10

Jesus says that he is the gate. Gates open and close. Gates keep sheep in, and thieves and bandits out. Gates close to death and open to life.

I’m attracted to the gate metaphor because it fits what is happening in our country, our state, our town, your life and my life. I’m talking about reopening. Continue reading The Question of Reopening – A Sermon on Psalm 23 and John 10:1-10

Easter Unlocked And Opened – A Sermon On John 20:19-31

The Second Sunday of Easter – John 20:19-31 Every year I come to this day – the Second Sunday of Easter – and I wonder what difference last Sunday – Easter Sunday – has made. Are our lives and world different because of Easter and, if so, how and in what ways? Look around. What do you see? Has your life changed? Are you living … Continue reading Easter Unlocked And Opened – A Sermon On John 20:19-31

Holy Week And Easter In The Season Of COVID-19

Whether it is the four seasons of the year or the seven seasons of the liturgical year, each season is a lens through which we see and experience life. Each season offers a unique perspective on life, highlights certain events, and emphasizes particular activities. This year, in addition to the usual and familiar seasons, there has been another season, the Season of COVID-19. It has … Continue reading Holy Week And Easter In The Season Of COVID-19

Easter Happens – An Easter Sermon On Matthew 28:1-10

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

It echoes in here when I say that, sort of like it might in an empty tomb.

Most everyone is at home, keeping to themselves. Anxiety is in the air. There are no overflowing crowds celebrating Jesus’ resurrection. People are not showing up dressed in their Easter finest. There are no fancy dresses or hats. There are no “eggstravaganzas” or kids gathered with Easter baskets. Friends and family are not sitting down together for a big Easter feast. It’s been a time of turmoil, chaos, and loss. People are shaken, as if by an earthquake. The future is unknown and uncertain. Continue reading Easter Happens – An Easter Sermon On Matthew 28:1-10

Not Sorrowing As Those Without Hope – A Holy Saturday Sermon On John 19:38-42

Holy Saturday is an in between day. It’s the day after Good Friday and the day before Easter. What was is no longer and what will be is not yet. If Good Friday is the day of the loss, Holy Saturday is that day when the reality of the loss begins to set in. And I’ll bet you know what that’s like. Continue reading Not Sorrowing As Those Without Hope – A Holy Saturday Sermon On John 19:38-42

Life In The Shadow Of The Cross – A Good Friday Sermon

Good Friday – John 18:1-19:42 What about your death gives meaning to your life today? In what ways is death inviting you to live more fully, to connect more deeply with others, to love more freely and completely?  My stomach is churning even as I ask you those questions. I don’t want to face my death any more than you want to face yours. And … Continue reading Life In The Shadow Of The Cross – A Good Friday Sermon