Lectionary Blogging – Genesis 22:1-14

Ah, the bane of the preacher’s existence: the testing of Abraham, or the binding of Isaac, or as it is sometimes called, God help us, the sacrifice of Isaac. Thankfully, the only sacrifice here ends up being a wayward ram, but even though Isaac is spared at the last minute, neither God nor Abraham come…

“God’s Soft Spot for Strangers” – A Sermon on Matthew 9:35-10:14

One of the most ubiquitous and enduring lessons of childhood in the U.S. is, “Don’t talk to strangers.” I’m not sure that was always true, but for the last several decades, parents have warned their kids of “stranger danger.”  This is a week when I’ve been especially conscious of how dangerous strangers can be. The…

Pre-Preaching Blog – Proper 6

I’ve only been here six weeks and already fell out of the weekly sermon-preparatory blogging routine for two of the weeks, so that’s not going so well. I’ve been off lectionary and not quite ready to commit to a text by Tuesday, and last week had to make an unexpected trip to Minnesota to help…

A Sermon on Romans 8:19-23

Romans 8:19-23 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and…

A Pentecost Sermon on Acts 2:1-21

A liturgical year ago, last Pentecost, I had the honor of preaching at a friend’s ordination in Michigan. Ordinations are always festive; all the clergy dress up in red and process down the aisles, and the candidate gets to pick all their favorite music, and everyone is usually really happy, and there’s lots of laughing…