Sermons

Life Ever Comes from Death

Mortal… can these bones live?… I answered… O Lord God… you know…  In the year 587 BCE… the nation of Israel ended…  its long magnificent history… finished… no… Israel didn’t just have a cut or an abrasion… Israel didn’t just have a laceration that needed a few stitches… or a limb that needed a...

Flesh and Spirit

Lent 2 Year A Genesis 12:1-4a Psalm 121 Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 John 3:1-17 At Diocesan Convention… in Dayton, OH… perhaps fourteen years ago… I was volunteering with Integrity… the Episcopal Church’s LGBT advocacy organization… and while I was at the booth… a deacon came up to me… when no one else was there… he...

Pebbles and Mountains

Lent 1 Year A Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 Psalm 32 Romans 5:12-19 Matthew 4:1-11 Today’s Hebrew Scripture… about Adam and Eve and the serpent… brings to mind ideas about sin… and perhaps original sin… but neither the word sin… nor any synonym for it… appears in Chapters 2 or 3… and Chapter 3 doesn’t talk...

You Are But Dust

Ash Wednesday Year A Isaiah 58:1-12 Psalm 103:8-14 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6,16-21   There’s a movie from 2007… which tells a tale of friendship… betrayal… secrets… redemption… and reconciliation…  and woven into the soundtrack… is a song called Supplication… whose lyrics I believe… reflect the penitence of Lent… I’ve referred to them before…...

Drifting or Anchored

The Transfiguration Year A Exodus 24:12-18 Psalm 99 2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9   The summer after I graduated from high school… in 1971… I went to Israel for eight weeks… it was my parent’s idea… and I went with about 90 other college students… who I think were all Jewish… because the trip...