Sermon: The Valley of Transfiguration

valley1 sm“The Valley of Transfiguration” 

(Feb 15, 2015) The disciples encounter a revelation of who and what Jesus is on the mountaintop, but this is not the only story of God’s revelation in Jesus? Can we expand our understanding of God and of ourselves by hearing and telling multiple stories? (Mark 9:2-9)

This sermon (preached with a substantial cold) is based on the Huffington Post piece “Forsaking the Whiteness of the Transfiguration” by Keith Anderson, and the TED Talk “The Danger of the Single Story” by Chimamanda Adichie.

Sermon: Your Call Cannot Be Completed as Dialed

052-calling“Your Call Cannot Be Completed as Dialed”

(January 25, 2015) Sometimes, God calls us to our vocation with a fancy, funny, unavoidable moment; other times, with the long, slow, persistence throughout our lives. I tell the stories of my call from God, and invite us hear a call in all our stories. The real fun begins when we answer. (Jeremiah 1:4-10, Mark 1:14-20)

 

Sermon: More Service in More Places

boy cell phone“More Service in More Places” 

(January 15, 2015- United Methodist Building, Washington, D.C.) When prophets and disciples are called, some are sent far away to prophesy and preach and teach, but many are called in place, activated for service exactly where they are. Are we too focused on going and creating new churches and new disciples, and missing the call to serve where we are? This is a guest sermon that I preached in the (echoey) chapel of the United Methodist Building in Washington, D.C. (1 Samuel 3:1-10, John 1:43-51)

Sermon Potluck: Post-Christmas Potluck

christmas fireplace“Post Christmas Potluck”

(December 28, 2014) We tell some stories and read some poems and articles and reflections of Christmas. Thanks to the small group who joined in on the Sunday after Christmas!

Sermon: Not the Time or Place

Advent wreath“Not the Time or Place”

(Christmas Eve 2014) Jesus is born in a time and place that seem utterly strange to us– not calm and beautiful, not ready for the peace and joy of God’s presence. But isn’t that exactly where God shows up? (Luke 2:1-22)

Sermon: Breath of Comfort

candles votives blowout“Breath of Comfort”

(December 7, 2014) The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God speaks comfort to us first and foremost, while we wait for justice to unfold. In a time when we see much need for justice and healing around us, let us not rush to DO something to try to fix it, but hear and give comfort as we can, so we can better face the darkness around us. (Isaiah 40:1-11)

At the conclusion of the sermon, I played Mark Miller’s new song, “How Long?

Sermon: Hope and Longing

candle hand blue“Hope and Longing”

(November 30, 2014 – First Sunday of Advent) In the wake of more racial injustice, and in the face of pandemic illnesses, what does it mean to hold out hope? Can we hear the sacred longing in our own cries of “how long?”, and cling to the Advent promise that Christ is and will be present with us? (Isaiah 64:1-9, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19)

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