Sermon, Mark 1:4-11, Acts 19:1-7, Social Justice, Baptism, Baptism of Jesus, Responsibility

All Are Responsible – A Sermon On Mark 1:4-11 And Acts 19:1-7

Last week, some of you may remember, I ended my sermon by asking this question: Will we, in 2021, be different from and better than how we were in 2020?

There’s not much about the first ten days of 2021 that suggests we will. I think it’s still an open question and, I hope, still a possibility. But after the events of last Wednesday and the assault on our nation’s capitol I’m just not so sure we will be.

As I reflect on the events of last Wednesday I keep going back to words from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “Few are guilty, but all are responsible.” Continue reading All Are Responsible – A Sermon On Mark 1:4-11 And Acts 19:1-7

Sermon, Lent, Lent 1B, Wilderness, Repentance, Florida Shooting, Mark 1:9-15, Heschel

The Wilderness Of Gun Violence – A Sermon On Mark 1:9-15

The First Sunday in Lent – Mark 1:9-15 I don’t know how I can stand before you today with any sense of integrity and faithfulness and not say something about the Florida shooting. Something has to be said. I’m just not sure what to say or what can be said. I’m struggling with that. And I have been since my Ash Wednesday sermon. We’ve been … Continue reading The Wilderness Of Gun Violence – A Sermon On Mark 1:9-15

Prayer – the essence of living

In speaking of prayer I often distinguish between a “life of prayer” and a “prayer life.” It seems much of our life today is compartmentalized depending on what we are doing, where we are, who we are with. So we can speak of our family life, our work life, our personal life. This fragmented attitude leads to a prayer life – just one more compartment – … Continue reading Prayer – the essence of living