a sermon with baggage

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Proverbs 1:20-33, Psalm 19, James 3:1-12, Mark 8:27-38 | “The beginning of the good news of Jesus, Messiah, Son of God.” That is how Mark’s gospel begins. From the very first words he writes, Mark is clear to the audience about who Jesus is...

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a sermon on snakes and crosses

Fourth Sunday in Lent | Texts: Numbers 21:4-9, Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22, Ephesians 2:1-10, John 3:14-21 | The cure, God says, is to look at the bronze snake. If you are perishing, gaze right in the face of the thing that bit you, the thing that is making you die. And live...

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...