No Longer Strangers

(This sermon originally preached July 26, 2015 at Glendale Baptist Church in Nashville, TN) Ephesians 2:11-22 11 So remember that once you were Gentiles by physical descent, who were called “uncircumcised” by Jews who are physically circumcised. 12 At that time you were without Christ. You were aliens rather than citizens of Israel, and strangers [...]

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Where He Lay

1. I have seen the place where he lay. I have walked through his neighborhood with broken lights, dark windows, delapidated liquor stores I have seen the children playing basketball in the street yards from where he lay. I've talked with some of his neighbors exchanging a "evening, how are ya?" and waving gently. What [...]

“Fear Not: The Work of Justice as a Reproductive Rights Issue”

This blog post was originally written for the Scarritt Bennett Center blog. When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary in her home, he said, “Fear not.” These encouraging words have been uttered throughout the Biblical and Gospel texts to many people whom God has chosen to have a special role in the world (Hagar, Abraham, [...]

Advent and Waiting for Justice

I love advent. I recently wrote a blog post about it for my job, complete with some quotes from one of my favorite advent devotional reflections and a sturdy condemnation of the commercialization of Christmas. But this year is really challenging. I started out well, with my three (yes, three) advent books by my bedside, [...]

How would your life change if a mountain was your neighbor?

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 [...]