That’s Not The Way We Do Things Here

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Have you ever been in a situation in which you did something that you thought was perfectly reasonable only to be told by some authority figure that “that isn’t the way do that here?” This has probably happened to all of us at some time or another. It usually happens when we are new to […]

The Real Sin of Sodom

“Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!” Today I want to preach about the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah! You heard me right—and if you’re a newcomer bear with me two minutes before you decide to walk out. You see, in […]

Richness Toward God

A businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The businessman complimented the native Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them. The fisherman […]

Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Psalm 139 says that God has searched us, knows us, knows when we sit and when we rise. God perceives our thoughts from afar; is familiar with all our ways. There is nowhere we can go from God’s Spirit. We cannot flee from God’s presence. If we could go up to the heavens, God would […]

Passionate for Justice

As we begin a new week, we look back on two more episodes of senseless violence and loss of life, in France and, just this morning, in Baton Rouge and our hearts are heavy. We also look back on the purposeful reflection that many in this country have undertaken after the shootings of the previous […]

Privilege, Race, and the Good Samaritan

Scripture Psalm 82 God takes his stand in the council of heaven;                he gives judgment in the midst of the gods: “How long will you judge unjustly,                and show favor to the wicked? Save the weak and the orphan;                defend the humble and needy; Rescue the weak and the poor;                deliver […]

Interdependence Day

At the end of every service Deacon Pam offers the Dismissal. Sometimes she proclaims, “Let us go forth in the name of Christ” and other times “Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.” In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus offers his own version of a dismissal when he sends […]

Come Out, Christians All

Change, and the consequences of change, is a theme that permeates today’s readings. In the story of Elisha’s succession of Elijah, the advice Paul sends to the Galatians and the enigmatic comments of Jesus, we encounter the different ways in which lives are transformed. These stories are particularly appropriate on a day that we now […]

The Demonic Man

A man often walked through the cemetery on his way home from work. One night, unaware that a new grave had been dug in his path, he tumbled in. For some time he struggled to get out of the 7 foot hole, but . . . finally gave up and settled down for the night. […]

Claiming Our Heritage as Earthkeepers

The Reverend Thomas Berry was a Roman Catholic priest, a cultural historian, and an eco-theologian. As one who studied cosmology and geology, Father Berry preferred to describe himself as an “Earth scholar.” Three sentences of his witness about the connection between humanity and the earth have struck me deeply to the core, and throughout my […]