Trinitarian Justice – A Sermon for Trinity Sunday

  Well, it’s Trinity Sunday. Who would like to explain the doctrine of the Trinity? Me neither. And actually I’m pretty convinced that the people who put together the lectionary weren’t sure about it either, or they would have given us more helpful readings to work with. The fun thing about Trinity Sunday for preachers…

Can These Bones Live? – a Sermon on Ezekiel 37:1-14

  Ezekiel found himself in a valley filled with death, without knowing exactly how he came to be there, or, in fact, exactly where he was. The floor of the valley as far as he could see was littered with dry bones. A tragedy, to be sure. A battle? A massacre? A natural disaster? Some…

Absolutely Nothing – A Sermon on Acts 8:26-36

You always hear that “the more things change, the more things stay the same,” and that is very true of this passage from Acts. So much about the culture of Philip and the unnamed Ethiopian eunuch is unfamiliar to us. So many things have changed over the last 2,000 years, and in many ways you…

Joy

A little background: For several years, I have been part of a small cohort of clergy women who meet regularly online and in person. One of the things we do together is write on a prompt each month and share our writings with one another. Often they are quite raw for public consumption, but I…

Who Is My Neighbor? An Earth Day Sermon on Mark 12:28-31

  Who is my neighbor? Cynthia Moe-Lobeda tells a number of life stories in her book, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation, and I have drawn from a few of them – and heavily from her book as a whole – for this sermon. One of the stories she tells is of Ravi Chandekar,…

The Liar

The world is not waiting for an opportunity to judge you. The voice in your head tells you that if you’re honest with other people, they will find you wanting. The voice says that everyone will see that you are faulty, broken, needy – and they will reject you for it. The voice whispers that…

Non-Violent Resistance – a Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Harold Porter

Yesterday I got a break from preaching as we welcomed to our pulpit the Pastor Emeritus, the Rev. Dr. Harold (Hal) Porter. He was instrumental in creating the open communion table policy that has been central to the ministry of our congregation, and urging Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) on to…

Shifting Sand

When I was in my early 20s, I often sang a song for worship and church events called “Shifting Sand,” by Caedmon’s Call. The lyrics are all about the fallibility and malleability of human faith –  “My faith is like shifting sand Changed by every wave My faith is like shifting sand So I stand…