Every time someone sidesteps or over-steps the marginalized, every time someone stifles holy conversation or the ministry of lay persons, every time someone uses the order given us not to guide and protect but to circumvent and then consolidate power and privilege, every time someone allows prayer or a call to follow Jesus to be hurtful rather than to build up the body, I will be there– objecting, amending, opining, and advocating. Every. Time.
“Embarrassingly Out There” (May 31, 205) We do not usually feel comfortable talking about our faith. Maybe like Jesus’ family, trying to reign him in when he started preaching and healing all over the place, we feel over-exposed. But when we do share and listen about our church in this community, the response is overall […]
“Wind, Water, Flame” (May 24, 2015, Pentecost) We talk about the Holy Spirit in curious ways– ways that perhaps betray our discomfort with it’s unpredictable, life-shaking nature. Are we ready to let the Spirit shake us up, let it rock us? (Acts 2:1-6, 12-21) — (money shot for those who want to hear me sing at […]
“What’s to Stop Me?” (May 3, 2015) While we tend to see so many labels and categories, fragmenting humanity into different boxes, Jesus and his early followers broke down these barriers and eliminated the separations between people in creating a new beloved community. As Phillip and the traveler on the road to Gaza discover, there […]
“One Voice” (April 26, 2015) We are all called by one shepherd, to a shared calling. If your heart is like my heart, take my hand… (John 10:11-18)
“With My Own Eyes” (April 12, 2015) Thomas wants to see Jesus with his own eyes. Given how drastically our experiences (including what we see) can vary, is that such a bad thing? How often does the church expect the world to simply believe what we say about Jesus, instead of inviting people into their […]
“Life All Around” (April 5, 2015 – Easter) Life is all around us, and death never has the final say! (Mark 16:1-8; John 20:1-18) — I was without my direct mic wire– sorry for the poorer quality recording; I think the point comes across.
“Shout Out!” (March 29, 2015 – Palm Sunday) Jesus says that if every voice of his supporters were silenced, the very stones themselves would shout out. We reflect on how rocks are powerful metaphors for God’s presence and provision, God’s protection, and God’s cry for justice. How are we, the church built on the Rock, responsible to […]
“Heart-Deep” (March 22, 2015) God promises to write God’s covenant on our hearts, but what does that mean? What does it really look like to learn God’s love and grace by heart? (Jeremiah 31:31-34) — This sermon describes an event from early in my ministry that was challenging and disturbing. Trigger warnings: death, murder, violence, […]
“Subversive Salvation” (March 15, 2015) God’s grace has a mysterious way of turning upside-down our expectations and subverting the things of pain and loss into opportunities for transformation. Rather than take from us the pain of life, God transforms pain into hope. Where are we in need of that promise today? (Numbers 21:4-9)