a sermon for christmas / solstice

Nativity of Our Lord | Texts: Isaiah 52:7-10, Psalm 98, John 1:1-14 | My friend replied, “Actually, if you think about it, the sunrise doesn’t happen every morning… It’s actually happening all the time. The sun is constantly rising. You just see it wherever you are...”


a sermon on another john

Third Sunday of Advent | Texts: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, John 1:6-8, 19-28 | In Mark’s gospel, John is called John the baptizer, but today’s gospel tells the story a little differently. The John that we meet in this gospel is most importantly John the witness. John the testifier. John, the one who points towards the light...

a sermon on the power of our thirst

And on the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus had stood up, and he cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let them come to me and drink! The one trusting in me, as the scripture has said, rivers will flow out of their womb, of living water.” And he said this concerning the spirit, whom the ones who trusted in him were about to receive; for the spirit was not yet, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

a sermon on groaning

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Genesis 29:15-28, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 |There’s something about breathing together with other humans that sort of reorients me to my own body, to my sense of presence, to my connection with God. The very first sentence of today’s reading from Romans reads, “We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words”...

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...