“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 [...]

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday: Last Suppers

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 [...]

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 14: First Sunday of Lent: What’s Food (and God) Got To Do With It?

If you happened to grow up in a Christian household that observed Lent, you are probably familiar with the idea of “giving up” something during this period of 40 days (46, counting Sundays) between Ash Wednesday and Easter. Tradition has it that the 40 days of Lent represent the 40 days that Jesus Christ was [...]