Suffering


Full Human. Fully Divine. Jesus and the Syrophoenician Woman or “Still she persists.” 4   Recently updated!

Proper 18 (23) (September 9, 2018) First reading and PsalmProverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23Psalm 125Second readingJames 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17GospelMark 7:24-37 Etching by P. del Po after Annibale Carracci. Wellcome Library, London. 7:27 He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to […]


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, […]


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 […]


Blaming everyone but ourselves. 3

The Archangel from Tobit, as retold by Frederick Buechner, explaining how we blame suffering on everyone but ourselves. “When terrible things do happen, they fail to understand that for the most part they have brought them down on their own heads. They prefer to think that it is time itself that is terrible and that […]