ashes are the opposite of tombstones

Ash Wednesday | Texts: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 | This night is kind of a lot. It’s a time to return to God with all our hearts, says the prophet Joel. It is a time to lament together, which really means telling the truth about ourselves and our lives.


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 justification

Third Sunday in Lent | Texts: Exodus 17:1-7, Romans 5:1-11, John 4:5-42 | All week I’ve had a song stuck in my head - a song appropriate for a week spent preparing a sermon on the doctrine of justification. The English translation of the lyrics is something like: God is the one who restores you. God never pushes you away. The Lord comes out to meet you, comes out to meet you...