a sermon on reorienting to upside down

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Genesis 25:19-34, Romans 8:1-11, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 | Yesterday, Josh and I visited the Chicago Botanic Garden for the first time. I wouldn’t describe myself as much of a plant person, which I think is part of why I appreciate gardens like that so much. I love to cook with fresh herbs, so a few weeks ago I bought a little pot of dill at the grocery store; I couldn’t keep it alive for more than a few days...

a sermon on the holy trinity

First Sunday after Pentecost | The Holy Trinity | Texts: Genesis 1:1--2:4a, Psalm 8, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Matthew 28:16-20 | The nature of God is something not best expressed with permanent marker, with scientific formula or perfect accuracy. The nature of God  is something captured more clearly with a poem, a dream, a song, an invitation to dance…

a sermon on justification

Third Sunday in Lent | Texts: Exodus 17:1-7, Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42 | All week I’ve had a song stuck in my head - a song appropriate for a week spent preparing a sermon on the doctrine of justification. The English translation of the lyrics is something like: God is the one who restores you. God never pushes you away. The Lord comes out to meet you, comes out to meet you...

a sermon on rules and loopholes

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany | Texts: Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37 | In last week’s gospel, we heard Jesus tell the disciples, “You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.” The reading ended with this difficult sentence: “I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” ...