“But Wait…There’s More!”

  Sermon for the Second Sunday of Eastertide When I told a friend of mine that I would be preaching the Sunday after Easter, he said, “Hey, don’t worry! No one shows up the Sunday after Easter anyway!” So on that note, thanks for being here today! 😉 But really, a lot of people think [...]

Gospel Questions: How is it that your eyes were opened?

“How is it that your eyes were opened?” (John 9) “How is it that your eyes were opened?” is what the religious leaders ask the man whom Jesus healed. “How is it that your eyes were opened?” is the question from people who don’t understand the behavior of Jesus and his followers. “How is it [...]

Jesus’ Math: Counting and Discounting

Text: Luke 15 (For this sermon, I invited all people who "identify as children" to come up to the front of the sanctuary. Then I read Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara to the congregation and showed the children the pictures. Then we had the following conversation before I headed back to the pulpit 🙂 [...]

Something Big for Something Good

Text: Matthew 4:12-22 Many of you know that I work with kids in local school gardens. This work gets me in all kinds of goofy situations, from carrying around 15 flats of herb seedlings in my Prius to ordering live caterpillars online to be delivered through the US Postal Service to digging for potatoes with 4 [...]

Here We Are.

Isaiah 6:1-8 (CEB) 6 In the year of King Uzziah’s death, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and exalted throne, the edges of his robe filling the temple. 2 Winged creatures were stationed around him. Each had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two their feet, and with two they [...]

It Started With the Children

This week, I've been blessed to participate in the 2016 Samuel Dewitt Proctor Conference for Child Advocacy hosted by the Children's Defense Fund at the Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, TN. As a seminarian, I joined with over 60 other students from seminaries and divinity schools all over the country to read, study, think, discuss [...]