"Falling Scales" (April 21, 2013) In the wake of the bombing in Boston this past week, we reflect on what it means to forgive, and to reach out to those we might call enemy, drawing on Jesus and the lesser known Ananias of Damascus as examples. (Acts 9:1-20) --- Before the sermon, I played this… Continue reading Sermon: Falling Scales– Ananias and the Boston Bombing
"Confining Comfort" (April 14, 2013) A few days after the resurrection, the disciples return to doing what is familiar to them. Often we find ourselves stuck in familiar habits and routines, even when we want to make a change. Is there a small change you can make today to live into transformed life? (John 21:1-14)
My family and I have a spot from which we like to watch the Boston Marathon. It's just at the top of a tiny hill, that by the time the runners climb it, 26 miles in, must feel like a mountain. The barely perceptible rise in Hereford Street seems insignificant to me as a spectator,… Continue reading From Heartbreak Hill to Heartbreak
"Now I get it!" (April 7, 2013) It takes the disciples who encounter the risen Jesus a little while to realize who he is, and that gets me thinking: why is it so hard to recognize the risen Christ in our midst? And when do we finally understand? (Luke 24:13-35) --- sadly, the survey I… Continue reading Sermon: Now I get it!
"Rising From Ashes" (March 31, 2013, Easter Sunday) Redwood trees grow to towering, mind-boggling size, with incredible resistance to fire, and the ability to grow new trees out of old root systems. In a world of such miraculous abundance, are we ready to hear the incredible, mind-boggling story of life that rises from the ashes?… Continue reading Sermon: Rising from Ashes