Ears to Listen, Hearts to Hear

July 23, 2017
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Last week, I had the opportunity to preach at Scottdale Mennonite Church, another congregation in Allegheny Mennonite Conference. It was a treat to go and experience worship in another AMC context and to see some of the folks I have met at conference events over the past few years in their home setting. The community […]

The Broken Jug

July 09, 2017
Matthew 18:15-17; Zechariah 7:8-10; Ephesians 4:1-6

For centuries, this text in Matthew has been used as a means of excommunication, of division, of shunning.    In many ways, it’s kind of nice in how straightforward it is. Let’s admit it, community life is difficult and messy, but finally! Here is a step by step instruction to keep order, three strikes you’re […]

Sin, Justice, and Grace

July 02, 2017
Romans 6:12-23

Though it has been my nickname for many years, it surprises me to be talking about sin today – “the wages of sin is death.” It is a trope among a certain segment of Christians that “no one preaches on sin these days.” In fact, this very thing popped up on my Facebook page this […]

Living Love is a Verb

June 25, 2017
Deuteronomy 6:4-7; I Corinthians 13:1-7; I John 4:7-8

In a week and a half a group of folks from this congregation will be heading to Orlando, Florida for the 2017 Mennonite Church USA [MCUSA] biennial convention. Every two years, delegates and interested persons from across MCUSA gather as a collective body to worship, fellowship, learn from each other, and do the work of […]

Harvest, Healing, Hospitality

June 18, 2017
Matthew 9:35-10:15

Sometimes when I read the bible, I am inspired, moved, touched. And other times, I wonder why we are so committed to reading and re-reading this ancient text. We study the text in small pieces, disconnected from its literary context, taken out of its cultural context, and then we try to make sense of it […]

Family Trees

June 11, 2017
Genesis 1:1—2:4a

I must confess that I live in a house divided. My sweetheart, Ryan, loves Star Wars. She has a Star Wars themed sweatshirt, a mug, a tote bag, a clock, socks, pencils… you get the idea… Because I am a loving & supportive partner I surprised her with opening night tickets to 1 of the […]

In The Clouds

May 28, 2017
Acts 1: 3-14; I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

Today is a welcome change because it has been a week of clouds – and rain; it feels like we have hardly seen the blue sky at all. Which is, I suppose, liturgically appropriate since this past Thursday was Ascension Day, when the church around the world remembers that 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus […]

Living Stories

May 21, 2017
Acts 17:22-31; John 14:15-21

Once upon a time… Those words got your attention, didn’t they? We humans love stories. And we really love a good story. One that keeps us engaged, is relatable, maybe giving us some space for laughter or tears, and one that is, on some level, believable. We like it when we can trust a story. […]

The Gate To Abundant Life

May 14, 2017
John 10:1-10; Psalm 23

The other week the Capital Area Anabaptists met for our monthly lunch at the MCC Washington office. At each gathering we read a scripture passage together using lectio divina. One person reads the passage aloud, while we all listen for a word or phrase that resonates; then another person reads it again as we listen […]

Living Into Hope

April 16, 2017
Matthew 28:1-10; Psalm 23

Christ is risen! (Christ is risen indeed!) It is one of those times when we have to practice saying this until we begin to believe it again. On Maundy Thursday, a day when in the Christian tradition we show humility by washing each other’s feet, our country dropped a 21,000 pound bomb, the Mother Of […]