Christianity


The Baby’s Sermon

This is great. I will have to remember it the next time a baby is crying while I am preaching. HT: Jody Howard We have all heard the baby crying in church when the priest was speaking. Not all, however, have read Father Conroy’s book, “A Mill Town Pastor,” nor his delightful telling of a […]


Kingdoms Rise and Kingdoms Fall But We Go On

Year B – Season after Pentecost Proper 6 (11) (June 17, 2018) Fourth Sunday after Pentecost  Readings:  1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13  Psalm 20  2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17  Mark 4:26-34 Kingdoms Rise and Kingdoms Fall But We Go On As I was reflecting upon our readings this morning I was reminded of a line, […]


We Also Believe and So We Speak

This is the bones of my sermon from this past weekend (Sunday, June 10, 2018). I shared a few more stories interspersed, but this is the substance of the sermon. Mental health issues are as real as cancer and should be considered as such. I have known far too many Christians who view depression, anxiety, bipolar, addiction, […]


Jesus, the Mamzer, and Ruth

I am reading Peter Schäfer’s creative reconstruction of the background for Jesus in the Talmud and a thought occurred to me that I do not see how I missed before (and a connection Schäfer does not seem to make). The Talmud addresses Jesus’ lineage (b Shab 104b), asserting that he is a bastard, a mamzer in the […]


Why are you weeping? (An Easter Sermon)

The following was my Easter sermon delivered at St. B’s in 2017.  Jeremiah 31:1-6 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-18 1Cor. 15:3 For I shared with you the most important truth that I had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 and that he was buried, and that he […]


Hospice or Hospital? 1

This year I have been thinking a lot about the fact that the Church should be a place of healing. That means that, if a Christian community is doing their job right, there ought to be a lot of hurting people in it, needing healing, comfort, and love. If we are honest with ourselves, we […]