“How to be Alone”: a sermon on Mark 1:35-39

Mark 1:35-39 Common English Bible (CEB) Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer.  Simon and those with him tracked him down. When they found him, they told him, “Everyone’s looking for you!” He replied, “Let’s head in the other direction, [...]

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“In Sight of Snakes”: a sermon on Numbers 21:4-9

Numbers 21:4-9 4 They marched from Mount Hor on the Reed Sea[a] road around the land of Edom. The people became impatient on the road. 5 The people spoke against God and Moses: “Why did you bring us up from Egypt to kill us in the desert, where there is no food or water. And we detest this miserable [...]

Impractically Practical: a sermon on “blessed are the humble”

Some of you know that I am spending my summer doing a field education internship with the Vanderbilt University Hospital chaplains. I have been spending time visiting patients and sitting with families and praying with countless people with a variety of ailments since May, and, though I am new to this, I have been deeply [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]