Huh?

January 28, 2018
For some reason, this is one of my mom’s favorite stories about me as a kid.  I was six or seven, and I had just finished reading a book about…

Whiplash

January 21, 2018
At the first church I served—in Somerville, Massachusetts—the pastor I worked with decided, out of the blue, to declare a moratorium on all church meetings for one whole summer.  When…

By Another Road

January 7, 2018
[This sermon comes with a few spoilers about the plot of the newest Star Wars movie, “The Last Jedi.”  Audience discretion, therefore, is advised.]   Well, so I saw “The…

Christmas Eve Message

December 24, 2017
I’m a little late to the party, but this week marked an important occasion in my life…my first Hallmark Christmas movie.   If you are unfamiliar with this glorious genre,…

Go On Home Now

December 10, 2017
Ten years ago when I lived in Boston, if I wanted to fly home, I had to take two flights.  My usual route was Boston to Chicago, Chicago to Des…

Who Knows?

December 3, 2017
I don’t know about you, but I don’t wake up in the morning expecting that Jesus will return.  I don’t know about you, but when I look up at the…

Invest Anyway

November 19, 2017
It’s been about a year now since I traveled to the Standing Rock reservation to protest the pipeline with some of my fellow clergy.  Facebook notified me of this fact,…

At the Gate

November 12, 2017
Many families, and maybe yours, too, will sit down at the Thanksgiving table in a couple of weeks to a table overflowing with turkey, casseroles, and all the pumpkin pies…

Give Us This Day

November 5, 2017
Someone once explained to me that there are two kinds of silence.  There’s a good kind of silence, the kind I often find myself longing for.  The silence I find…

Invisible

October 22, 2017
You know you’ve made it big when the world knows you by one name.  For example: Madonna.  Prince.  Obama.  Or, my personal favorite, Malala.  I want to meet Malala so…