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 … Continue reading Come to the Water
Mark 14.12-31; Matthew 26.17-29; Luke 22.7-20 The first time I served communion was on Ash Wednesday 2015 in a beautiful service at Vanderbilt Divinity School. After accepting the invitation to traverse the small all-faith chapel, reminiscent of a cave carved out of the rock, and become anointed with oil, water, soil and ashes, the worshippers … Continue reading Easter: Risen Bread, Risen Lord
Luke 22-23 As we near the time when Jesus was betrayed and given over to be killed by capital punishment, I encourage you to think about the Last Supper in a new context. Two artists, Henry Hargreaves and Julie Green have created artistic depictions of last meals requested by incarcerated persons on death row before … Continue reading Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday: Last Suppers
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 … Continue reading March 20: Sixth Sunday of Lent and Holy Week: Faith into Action
John 6:35 If I were sharing a classroom with you, I would step to the front and ask: “How many of you have ever been hungry in your life?” You would raise your hand, remembering that time that you were at practice late and forgot to eat dinner, or your mom packed a lunch for … Continue reading March 13: Fifth Sunday of Lent: Hunger and Thirst: Contemplations on Food Access and Environmental Racism
As you might have heard…last Wednesday, April 22, was Earth Day. Founded in 1970 and leading to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency, Earth Day began in part as a desire to raise as much awareness about the deterioration of the natural environment as was raised by student demonstrations protesting the Vietnam War. Earth Day … Continue reading My Neighbor, the Mountain: Earth Day Sermon
This is a sermon I preached on Friday, October 25, 2014 at the Nashville Regional Festival of Young Preachers. Luke 10:25-37 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) The Parable of the Good Samaritan In late January 2012, I found myself in a little tiny car driving up Black Mountain. Black Mountain is in southeastern Kentucky on … Continue reading How would your life change if a mountain was your neighbor?