"Living Water" (March 23, 2014) At the well, Jesus encounters a powerful theologian in the form of a Samaritan woman, and their conversation looks at the literal and spiritual needs for water. This day after World Water Day, how do we understand the intersections between the literal water crisis and the spiritual need for living… Continue reading Sermon: Living Water
"The Way" (March 16, 2014) Another name we call Jesus is "The Way," but rather than a term that describes a singular path one can travel, the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus makes clear that "The Way" is a journey, not a destination. Far from inviting us to accept Jesus and "be saved," this passage… Continue reading Sermon: The Way
"Bread of Life" (March 9, 2014) This Lent, we are looking at different names for Jesus. Today's story invites us to imagine what it means to be fed and nourished by Christ, the Bread of Life. What would it be to trust on this most fundamental level? (Matthew 4:1-11) --- The Names of Jesus series… Continue reading Sermon: Bread of Life
One of my favorite parts of the tv show "The West Wing" that seems realistic to me is the refrain "what's next?" Used to change the subject, to close a conversation, to carry on with work, to recommit to tasks at hand, these two words return again and again in the script as the characters… Continue reading What’s Next?
"Is it Safe?" (March 3, 2014, Transfiguration Sunday) The encounter with God is not always safe or comfortable; it leaves us changed. Are we ready to be transformed, or are we still asking that God be safe and sanitary because we are not yet ready to change? (Exodus 24:12-18; Matthew 17:1-9) --- References abound in… Continue reading Sermon: Is it Safe?