“Who’s In Charge Here?” A Sermon on Matthew 25:31-46

  Let’s just say this from the very start: this is a difficult text. First of all, the language of the whole passage could not possibly be more masculine. Son of Man, Father, kingdom, lord, king, him, him him, etc., like they were trying to use every possible male word available. We have a commitment…

Thanksgiving for One?

I have the great good fortune of having multiple Thanksgiving options this year. I could go really ambitious and drive to my parents’ place in Minnesota (this is not happening, but it could). A few church folks have let me know that I’m welcome to join them. I may go to a Friendsgiving party with…

What I’m Eating: Turkey Leftovers Edition

When the world feels like a roiling cesspool of abuse, shootings, and presidents tweeting personal insults about foreign leaders with nuclear weapons, it’s important to remember the simple things that bring you joy, like delicious and (reasonably) healthy food. My church had our annual Thanksgiving luncheon after worship on Sunday, and I came home with…

Ready or Not – A Sermon on Matthew 25:1-13

  I’m going to start today by summing up both of our Scripture readings in one sentence: Get ready. In Joshua, the question is whether the people are ready for the covenant. Are you ready for a relationship with this God? Are you ready for a religion that may cost you? Because if you commit…

Reparations and Louis C.K.

When I first heard of the idea of reparations, I wasn’t sure what to think about it. In principle, I believed the reasons why reparations would be just, but I couldn’t quite wrap my mind around how it would work, and frankly, I was a little concerned about how it would affect me if I…

Choose

In response to the mass shootings – so many of them, so many deaths, all piled up on another so that every week it seems I’m trying to address senseless carnage and rising fear from the pulpit – I have only grief. It’s the conversation around the shootings that has pushed me over the edge….

“All Together Now” – A Sermon on Revelation 7:9-17

  Yesterday I saw “This Random Life” at the Ensemble Theater. It’s a play about people who feel very disconnected from the people who are supposedly closest to them. A brother and sister who annoy, resent, and worry about each other by turns. Their mother who hides the reality of her life from them to…