Sermon: Redeeming Blood

blood“Redeeming Blood”

(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. 

Sermon: Whatever Forms

Minolta DSC“Whatever Forms”

(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?

Sermon: Crumbled Grace

ash wed“Crumbled Grace”

(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)

Sermon: Prayer, Interrupted

candles votives blowoutPrayer, Interrupted

(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 1302 Samuel 1:1, 17-27)

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I quote from a reflection by my colleague, Steve Garnaas-Holmes.

Sermon: Wind, Water, Flame

flame 8  no cred needed“Wind, Water, Flame”

(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)

Sermon: What’s to Stop Me?

wall broken“What’s to Stop Me?”

(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…

Sermon: “Heart-Deep”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Heart-Deep”

(March 22, 2015) God promises to write God’s covenant on our hearts, but what does that mean? What does it really look like to learn God’s love and grace by heart? (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

This sermon describes an event from early in my ministry that was challenging and disturbing. Trigger warnings: death, murder, violence, fear of hell, questions of forgiveness.

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