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…

Ready or Not – A Sermon on Matthew 25:1-13

  I’m going to start today by summing up both of our Scripture readings in one sentence: Get ready. In Joshua, the question is whether the people are ready for the covenant. Are you ready for a relationship with this God? Are you ready for a religion that may cost you? Because if you commit…

Reparations and Louis C.K.

When I first heard of the idea of reparations, I wasn’t sure what to think about it. In principle, I believed the reasons why reparations would be just, but I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around how it would work, and frankly, I was a little concerned about how it would affect me if I…

Choose

In response to the mass shootings – so many of them, so many deaths, all piled up on another so that every week it seems I’m trying to address senseless carnage and rising fear from the pulpit – I have only grief. It’s the conversation around the shootings that has pushed me over the edge….

“All Together Now” – A Sermon on Revelation 7:9-17

  Yesterday I saw “This Random Life” at the Ensemble Theater. It’s a play about people who feel very disconnected from the people who are supposedly closest to them. A brother and sister who annoy, resent, and worry about each other by turns. Their mother who hides the reality of her life from them to…

A Reformation Anniversary Sermon

Katherine von Bora was born in January of 1499 in a small village near Leipzig. Unlike most girls of her time, she received an education; she was sent to a Benedictine convent at age five. When she was nine, she was moved to a Cistercian monastery where she became a nun. However, as a teenager…

Whole Life Discipleship – A Sermon on Exodus 33:12-23

Exodus 33:12-23 Moses said to the LORD, “See, you have said to me, ‘Bring up this people’; but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ Now if I have found favor in…

A Container Big Enough

Social media should have had one big content warning on it this week as feeds lit up with #metoo by the hundreds, thousands, countless numbers of women sharing that we, too, have been sexually harassed and assaulted. Of course we have. Some shared harrowing stories of the men who raped them. Some detailed the incidents…

Living Well Together – A Sermon on Matthew 18:15-20 (from 9/17/17)

If another person sins against you…just talk about them in the parking lot after the meeting. If another person sins against you…call a bunch of people to complain about them. You may even want to start an anonymous letter-writing campaign to discredit them. If another person sins against you…just send them a nasty email, copied…

Emotion and Christian Discipleship – a sermon on Psalm 145:1-8

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just wake up thinking like that every day? If we could just be filled all the time with wonder at the world around us and awe of the creator? Wouldn’t it be amazing if we constantly overflowed with joy and delight in what God is doing? Well, maybe….