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...

unexpected and mysterious

The title of this blog - in which I share preaching and reflection - comes from an advent hymn of the same name. I treasure Unexpected and Mysterious because its text tells the truth about my deepest needs in the face of my deepest pain. Despite failure and weakness, in my personal life or in my work, God's tenderness and compassion hold me. I need this unexpected and mysterious grace...