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

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Polemical Praise: A Post-election, Interfaith Sermon on Psalm 100

"To center God as the object of our praise is to displace all else. No politician will save us. No patriotism will save us. No privilege will save us. Praise centers God when the center cannot hold. "

Holy Inheritance: A Sermon on Mark 10: 17-33

Holy Inheritance: A Sermon on Mark 10:17-33 Sunday October 11, 2015 Bethlehem Covenant Church, Worcester MA (Preacher's note: This sermon was also an experiment in crowd-sourcing stories from friends and strangers on social media) Every family has stories of inheritance. Every family has stories of inheritance: some are beautiful tales of priceless gifts, some are tormented…Read more Holy Inheritance: A Sermon on Mark 10: 17-33

“Spirit enough for the wilderness”: a sermon on memory and nostalgia

“SPIRIT ENOUGH FOR THE WILDERNESS” Sermon for the 100th anniversary of ARMENIAN MEMORIAL CHURCH, WATERTOWN SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29 Every time we tell the story, the peaches get sweeter. Once upon a time, my Great-Aunt Josephine was flying back to the United States from her childhood home in Italy. And like…Read more “Spirit enough for the wilderness”: a sermon on memory and nostalgia