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 […]

Called Out

April 02, 2017
John 11:1-45

Lately, my foot hurts. I am having a flare up of plantar fasciitis. If you have experienced plantar fasciitis you will immediately shake your head in commiseration and consolation. You know what I am going through. For those who haven’t experienced it, there isn’t a great way to describe it other than to say that […]

You Once Were Blind, Now We See

March 26, 2017
John 9:1-34

Today we celebrate. We celebrate because we see.  We have not always seen. We do not always see; sometimes we are still blind. Yet we rejoice because today we see. We see the abundant gifts in Michelle Burkholder. And we get to “see” this text from the gospel of John. The writer of John weaves […]

Spiritual Journey of the Samaritan Woman

March 19, 2017
John 4:4-29

Introduction Gospel of John Once, in conversation with the theologian Leonardo Boff in Brazil, he said to me: “Behind what is said, is also what is not said.” That’s what the gospel of John is like, there’s always more than what his words say. There is always more. There is always more. There is always […]

Again And Again

March 12, 2017
Genesis 12:1-4a; John 3:1-17

There was an old man Named Michael Finnegan He had whiskers On his chin-ne-gan He shaved them off and they grew in again Poor old Michael Finnegan, Begin Again Today we have stories of two men who are asked to begin again. If you include Michael Finnegan, it’s three. At the end of the long […]

The Grit of Restoration

March 05, 2017
Matthew 4:1-11

Don’t let the unusually amazing and warm weather of the past few weeks fool you. The budding trees and blooming flowers may tempt you into thinking we have already made it to Easter and the celebration of new life. While nature is starting to spring forth from its dormant grave of winter, our spiritual selves […]

When Anabaptists Were The Terrorists

February 12, 2017
Psalm 27:3; Isaiah 8:12

“Be angry and sin not,” Paul advises the church at Ephesus in Ephesians 4:26.  Anger itself is not presented as a sin.  Paul reminds us in this passage that the emotion of anger increases the potential for a person to do harm to others.  As we have all likely seen, felt, or experienced, the angrier […]

Rise And Shine

February 05, 2017
Isaiah 58:1-9; Matthew 5:13-20

When Jesus says it, it sounds so matter of fact: You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. Preachers around the globe are trying to unpack these metaphors in creative new ways this very day. What does Jesus really mean when he tells his disciples they are salt and […]

Blessed Attitude

January 29, 2017
Micah 6:6-8; Matthew 5:1-12

Not to be overly dramatic but since advent, when I last preached, it feels like the world has changed. Some of us feel disoriented, like we are living in a different country than the one we thought we lived in just a few weeks ago. The confusion and anxiety, the disbelief and bewilderment that we […]

At The Edge Of The Sea

January 22, 2017
Matthew 4:12-23

John the Baptist has died. He has been killed by Herod Antipas, the hand of Rome. It is time. Time for Jesus. Jesus moves to Capernaum. To a house by the sea. He makes a home there. Sets up a new routine. He sips espresso on his deck in the evening. Spends lazy afternoons lounging […]