(May 13, 2018) God calls all things holy– and is present to us in all kinds of ways that are also all holy. Sometimes, we find God in surprising places, a reminder that everything, yes even a bullfrog, is holy. (Luke 24:44-53)
At the conclusion of the sermon, I played this video of the song “Everything is Holy Now” by Peter Meyer.
(May 21, 2017) Sometimes, too much change, even good change, like leaving behind oppression in Egypt, or like God conquering death in Jesus Christ, can throw us off balance. It can be hard to let go of the past, no matter what that past is like. Gently, we offer to God those things that we need to let go, like the empty shell of a chrysalis, so that we are ready to journey on. (Exodus 16:1-3, 9-12; John 21:1-14)
(April 23, 2017) The more we learn about butterflies (and moths) and the process of metamorphosis, the better it preaches about the transformations of the Christian life. Tombs, cocoons (or chrysalises), wombs, and locked rooms may seem like safe places, but instead are the places where Jesus finds us. Like the caterpillar, we are broken down to be re-formed in God’s hands. Are we really ready for this complete transformation? (Luke 1:26-38; John 20:19-31)
A new favorite of many in the congregation, and as promised, my self-disclosure of how very wrong I was about butterflies’ bodies.
(November 27, 2016) When King Josiah and his people discovered the Word of God, buried in the Temple, they knew it was time to recommit to the faith of the past. Sometime, the Word of God is hidden in the rubble of old traditions and crumbled lives, and it’s up to us to dust it off, reclaim it, and let it reclaim us. (2 Kings 22: 1-10; 23:1-3)
(March 13, 2016) I’ve never been comfortable with embracing the blood and suffering of Jesus’ death, not because I’m squeamish, but because I don’t like what that says about God. But if redemption is in Christ’s blood (just like, as an Italian, hospitality is in mine), is it possible to redeem this image and let it speak to me– and to many of us– in new ways? (Luke 23:33-47)
Personally, I think that if you’re only going to listen to one of my sermons so far this year, it should be this one. It’s deeply theological in some ways, and also deeply personal.
“Poured Out” monologues for Lent by Dr. Marcia McFee, (www.marciamcfee.com) used with permission, but not reproduced here.
(January 24, 2106) One part of our baptismal and membership vow as members of the Methodist Church is to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. So, that could be quite a lot, really… (Luke 4:14-21)
What’s your life verse?
(September 6, 2015) A woman came to Jesus, begging for healing for her child, and she was Syrian… I mean, Syrophoenician. Dare we believe, even in the face of global crisis, that the smallest act of love, the smallest scrap of grace, makes a difference? (Mark 7:24-37)
(June 28, 2015) With grief and sorrow, and the commitment not just to pray, but to act, we lift our laments for the attack on Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina. (Psalm 130, 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27)
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I quote from a reflection by my colleague, Steve Garnaas-Holmes.
(May 24, 2015, Pentecost) We talk about the Holy Spirit in curious ways– ways that perhaps betray our discomfort with it’s unpredictable, life-shaking nature. Are we ready to let the Spirit shake us up, let it rock us? (Acts 2:1-6, 12-21)
(money shot for those who want to hear me sing at about the 7:40 mark)
(May 3, 2015) While we tend to see so many labels and categories, fragmenting humanity into different boxes, Jesus and his early followers broke down these barriers and eliminated the separations between people in creating a new beloved community. As Phillip and the traveler on the road to Gaza discover, there is nothing that can prevent someone from coming into the presence of God. (Acts 8:26-40)
wherein a certain Ethiopian eunuch is discussed in ways that have nothing to do with sexual orientation or gender identity…