Resistance and Maladjustment – a sermon on Mark 1:9-15

  In December of 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech at Western Michigan University that is considerably less well-known than “I Have a Dream” or some of his other remarkable public addresses. In it he says, “There are certain technical words within every academic discipline that soon become stereotypes and cliches. Modern psychology…

“Real Gospel in a Time of Fake News” – a sermon on Mark 1:21-28

  On the Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the title character emerges from an underground bunker after being held hostage for fifteen years by a man who has convinced her and three other women that the world has been destroyed, and they are the only survivors. When she is rescued, she learns that all…

Open-Hearted

It’s already January 3, so perhaps it’s a little late for a farewell to the previous year, but I was with family and limiting my time online over the holidays. Today I am back in the office for the first day of 2018, easing (ha) into the rhythms of work and worship yet again, and…

Getting Out of Our Own Way to Prepare for God

Last Sunday, I told Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy’s excellent story as a sermon on Isaiah 40. Please enjoy it here, on her blog. Or you can listen to me tell it in a slightly shortened version:

Safety and Affirmation

Some background information to this rather rambling post might be necessary. Yesterday I participated in the Bad Christian podcast, following a bit of a Twitter altercation around LGBTQ people participating on platforms that also elevate the voices of non-affirming speakers. The whole mess originated when one of the Bad Christian hosts, Matt, invited the women who…

“Who’s In Charge Here?” A Sermon on Matthew 25:31-46

  Let’s just say this from the very start: this is a difficult text. First of all, the language of the whole passage could not possibly be more masculine. Son of Man, Father, kingdom, lord, king, him, him him, etc., like they were trying to use every possible male word available. We have a commitment…

Thanksgiving for One?

I have the great good fortune of having multiple Thanksgiving options this year. I could go really ambitious and drive to my parents’ place in Minnesota (this is not happening, but it could). A few church folks have let me know that I’m welcome to join them. I may go to a Friendsgiving party with…

What I’m Eating: Turkey Leftovers Edition

When the world feels like a roiling cesspool of abuse, shootings, and presidents tweeting personal insults about foreign leaders with nuclear weapons, it’s important to remember the simple things that bring you joy, like delicious and (reasonably) healthy food. My church had our annual Thanksgiving luncheon after worship on Sunday, and I came home with…