In today’s gospel Jesus talks about the coming of the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth. What if the Advocate, in whatever ways she or he shows up, comes not to advocate to another on our behalf but to advocate to us on our own behalf?
They are truth tellers for us. They call us more deeply into our authentic selves. They are the ones who transform and change our lives. Who are those people for you? Continue reading Our Advocates – A Pentecost Sermon On John 15:26-27; 16:4-15
If 2020 showed us anything it revealed how necessary that kind of deep and intentional listening is, and how difficult it is to sort through all the voices we hear, both within and outside ourselves, and discern a truthful way forward. I don’t expect that kind of listening to be any less necessary or difficult in 2021.
Who are you listening to these days? Who are you not listening to? What are you listening for? What do you want to hear and what do you not want to hear?
Continue reading Deep Listening – A Sermon On John 1:43-51
Jesus said, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” Maybe there is something unbearable about God.
When have you experienced the unbearable in your life? What happened? How did it come about? In what ways are you experiencing the unbearable today?
Continue reading Being Free Of God – A Trinity Sunday Sermon on John 16:12-15
“Are you the King of the Jews?” (From John 18:33-37, the gospel for Christ the King Sunday) It’s a simple question and Pilate wants a simple answer, a simple truth. Yes or no. You either are or you aren’t. Which is it? That’s the kind of question I always tried to ask when I was practicing law. Yes or no? This or that? I wanted … Continue reading The Truth Does Not Belong to Us – A Sermon on John 18:33-37