a sermon on failure

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Jeremiah 14:7-10,19-22, Psalm 84:1-7, 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18, Luke 18:9-14 | I’m guessing that most of us can imagine someone like this pompous leader. Whether it’s someone you know personally, or someone whose Facebook posts get you all riled up, or someone you see on the news, this behavior is very familiar...

a sermon on ecosystems

Fauna Sunday | Second Sunday in the Season of Creation | Texts: Job 39:1-8, Luke 12:22-31 | A few months ago I was walking in a labyrinth, taking each mindful step, allowing my mind to wander and wonder... when my eye caught this little fly sitting on a rock. I stopped (because I wasn’t really headed anywhere) and watched the fly for a while. When I looked closer I saw that its body was green and purple and shiny, its wings were translucent, and it was standing perfectly still...

a sermon on a better banquet

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost | Text: Luke 14:1, 7-14 | A few years ago, it made the news that an entrepreneur decided to streamline his nutrition by inventing a shake called Soylent that contained “all the protein, carbohydrates, lipids, and micronutrients that a body needs to thrive.” The product was geared towards software engineers whose work is so demanding that it’s difficult to get adequate nutrition, or for whom taking a long lunch break just to eat is a nuisance. Since then, other similar beverages...

a sermon on the eyes of faith

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Hebrews 11:29-12:2, Luke 12:49-56 | “Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” Jesus calls the crowds out for their inability to perceive what is happening right in front of them. Can’t you see the sin and oppression that we live in? Do you not notice the forces of Empire that are keeping us from true justice and peace? Why don’t you understand the kingdom movement that God is calling us to join? Where are your eyes of faith? ...