an ordinary hometown sermon

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10, Psalm 48, 2 Corinthians 12:2-10, Mark 6:1-13 | Today is the day that Jesus brings his new friends home to meet his parents. I imagine that the people who gather around to hear Jesus teach that day are his neighbors and family friends, the kids he played with growing up, or the elders who taught him to be nice to his friends...


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...”

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...