“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 [...]

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 🙂 [...]

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 [...]

Come to the Water

Text: John 4:3-30, The Samaritan Woman at the Well   O Let all who thirst, Let them come, let them come to the water. God invites us to come to the water. And Lord, we are thirsty. The Samaritan woman is thirsty too. She lives in the shadow of Mt. Gerizim, the traditional place of [...]

March 20: Sixth Sunday of Lent and Holy Week: Faith into Action

  Luke 6:20-26 So what can we do about this, for those of us who do not face the same struggles as some of the folks we have learned about in this season of Lent? First, stay woke. Pay attention to where your food comes from and why some people don’t have the same access [...]

March 6: Fourth Sunday of Lent: Table Theology

  Luke 14:7-24 When I was an undergraduate at Oberlin College, I was part of a group called the Ecumenical Christians of Oberlin (since changed to the Eclectic Christians of Oberlin). Our activities revolved around preparing food for each other and eating together every Sunday night in a little house owned by the Office of [...]

Feb 28: Third Sunday of Lent: Keeping Kosher, Keeping Community

  Deuteronomy 14:3-21 A lot of friends of mine, even those in seminary, say that when reading the Bible,  they skip over the books of Numbers (because it’s about numbers…), Leviticus (because it’s got laws) and Deuteronomy (just more laws…). And during the time of Lent, we’re just supposed to focus on the Gospels, right? [...]