The Urgency of Ashes: an Ash Wednesday Sermon

Ecumenical Ash Wednesday: March 1, 2017 St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Pittsfield. Joel 2: 1-2, 12-17 If you’re not trembling, you’re not paying attention. Or so says the prophet Joel. “Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near. A day of darkness and gloom, a day […]

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 […]

Failure to Floss: A Sermon on Privilege & Repentance

  Preached at Wilbraham United Church (UCC & UMC), Wilbraham MA with Christ the King (ELCA) & Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal) Sunday December 3, 2016 Matthew 3: 1-12   I lie to my dentist. I LIE to my dentist. So if I’m going to practice repentance this Advent, I need to confess. Every 6 months, […]