Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Prayer, Violence

A Prayer For Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Each year October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 1 in 15 children … Continue reading A Prayer For Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Proper 7B, Sermon, Immigration, violence, Gun Violence, Humanity, Mark 4:35-41, Sermon, 1 Samuel 17:1 4-11, 19-23 32-49,Spiritual Warfare, Inner Life

Battling For The Heart Of Humanity – A Sermon on 1 Samuel 17:1, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49

We all face giants, Philistines, in our lives. Sometimes it’s personal and unique to our particular situation. Goliath might be an illness, loneliness, the loss of a loved one. Maybe a rift in a relationship is standing tall. Or maybe it feels as if your life is moving out of control and you’re powerless to do anything. Other times Goliath might be more systemic. It’s mass shootings in our country, violence throughout the world, war in the middle east, racism, immigration. Goliath shows up in lots of ways. 

Every time Goliath shows up the battle lines are drawn. The battle is not, however, what we often think it is. Continue reading Battling For The Heart Of Humanity – A Sermon on 1 Samuel 17:1, 4-11, 19-23, 32-49

Las Vegas Shooting, Prayer, Litany, Social Justice

For Las Vegas, We Cry To You O Lord – A Litany Of Prayer

O Lord of life, the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens: Our lives and world have once again been shaken by violence and gunfire; this time in Las Vegas. We are weary because of our groaning. Every night we flood our bed with tears and drench our couch with weeping. Our eyes waste away with grief. Our spirit shakes with terror. How long, O Lord, how long? Continue reading For Las Vegas, We Cry To You O Lord – A Litany Of Prayer

Charlottesville, Fear, Courage, Social Justice, Matthew 14:22-33, Violence, Jesus, I Am

I Look At Charlottesville And I Am Afraid – A Sermon on Matthew 14:22-33

The boat of our life is far from land right now. The night is dark, the waves are high, and the wind is strong. There is every reason to be afraid but I don’t want to live in fear and I don’t want you to either. I want us to see the light that shines in the darkness of this night, a light the darkness cannot overcome. I want us to hear the waves slapping against the bottom of Jesus’ feet as he walks toward us. I want us to feel the wind of change. I want us to make room in the boat for Jesus. Continue reading I Look At Charlottesville And I Am Afraid – A Sermon on Matthew 14:22-33

Matthew 21:1-11. Zechariah 9:9-10, Jerusalem, Palm Sunday, Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Power, Violence, Life

Will to Power or Will to Life? – A Palm Sunday Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11

Have you ever thought of Jesus’ Palm Sunday procession as a protest march? What if that’s what it really is? What if it is a resistance movement? What if it is highlighting the struggle that takes place in every human heart – the will to power or the will to life? I’ve come to believe that that’s exactly what is happening today. Palm Sunday, Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, sets up a confrontation and it has the whole city in turmoil. Continue reading Will to Power or Will to Life? – A Palm Sunday Sermon on Matthew 21:1-11

Social Justice, Nonviolence, Violence, Justice, Injustice, Politics, Martin Luther King Jr.

Is It A Good Or A Bad Thing?

About a week ago I posted My Thank You Note to President Trump. It received a lot more attention than I ever expected. In response to that posting someone sent me the following: Dear Father Mike, I’m a little confused (pardon that). The past twelve months have been tumultuous, to put it mildly. Is it a good or a bad thing to stand publicly against … Continue reading Is It A Good Or A Bad Thing?

Mahatma Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King Jr, Donald Trump, John Dear, Nonviolence, Social Justice, Politics, Justice, Injustice,

My Thank You Note to President Trump

Mr. President, I did not vote for you and I never thought I would be saying this but I owe you a debt of gratitude. Less than a week into your presidency you have already done for me something I do not think Mrs. Clinton could have or would have done had she been elected president. Your words and actions have inspired me. They have … Continue reading My Thank You Note to President Trump

Luke 10:1-11 16-20, Peace, Peace of God, Sermon, Proper 9C, Violence, Terrorism

Where is the Peace of God Today? – A Sermon on Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Do you want peace for yourself, your friends and family, the world? How do we begin to find that kind of peace in the midst of tragedy after tragedy? Orlando, Istanbul, Baton Rouge, Dallas. The peace we seek is not conditioned on a change in the other’s behavior but a change in our own hearts. We choose whether to live with a heart at peace or a heart at war. Continue reading Where is the Peace of God Today? – A Sermon on Luke 10:1-11, 16-20