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 on the power of our thirst

And on the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus had stood up, and he cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let them come to me and drink! The one trusting in me, as the scripture has said, rivers will flow out of their womb, of living water.” And he said this concerning the spirit, whom the ones who trusted in him were about to receive; for the spirit was not yet, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

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...