Be Cautious with Crowns: A sermon on 1 Samuel

A sermon for the ordination of Marisa Egerstrom St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, South End, Boston: Thursday January 19, 2017 1 Sam 8:10-18 Psalm 146 1 Peter 5:1-4 Matt 16:13-19 I have a certain sympathy for the people who want a king. I have stood before the endless aisles of canned goods overwhelmed by choice, overtired and […]

You can’t get there from here: A Sermon on Isaiah 35

(Disclaimer: This is the sermon where I accidentally broke the pulpit. I had moved a small wooden lectern to the floor to be closer to the people rather than preach this week from their tall pulpit. Thank you, kind friends at First Baptist Church, Gloucester, for laughing with me at the absurdity. I’m grateful for […]

Muslim Registry: A Christian Response

Saturday December 10, 2016: Islamic Society of Boston, Wayland MA To the Islamic Council of New England: I bring you greetings from the Massachusetts Council of Churches, a network of Christian individuals, congregations and denominations convinced that what binds us together in Christ is stronger than anything that divides us. For many, many years our […]