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...

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a sermon on groaning

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost | Texts: Genesis 29:15-28, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 |There’s something about breathing together with other humans that sort of reorients me to my own body, to my sense of presence, to my connection with God. The very first sentence of today’s reading from Romans reads, “We do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words”...

a sermon on the holy trinity

First Sunday after Pentecost | The Holy Trinity | Texts: Genesis 1:1--2:4a, Psalm 8, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Matthew 28:16-20 | The nature of God is something not best expressed with permanent marker, with scientific formula or perfect accuracy. The nature of God  is something captured more clearly with a poem, a dream, a song, an invitation to dance…