Sermon for B Pentecost 17 “Location and Vocation”

Sermon for B Pentecost 17      “Location and Vocation”     September 16, 2018 Based on Mark 8: 27-38 

Mark seems not to care about an accurate travel itinerary for Jesus and his followers. Last week we learned of Jesus going from Israel into the Gentile northwest, then walked hundreds of miles to the gentile southeast corner of the Galilee by going further north to Sidon. Today we learn that Jesus is back up north, this time more to the northeast near Mt. Hermon, at a place called Caesarea Philippi. This would have been quite the detour again for Jesus, as if his route mimicked the path of a hummingbird. Continue reading

“Re-membering, Montgomery, and National Funerals”

“Re-membering, Montgomery, and National Funerals” 

Sermon for B Pentecost 15      September 2, 2018   Based on Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Today I do not speak with the Gospel text, though I move with Jesus to something deeper than the sanitation policies of 1st century Judaism, about which of course, the Pharisees and Scribes were correct. We must go more to the theme of sanitary souls. Indeed, I am compelled to speak about re-membering. There has much re-membering these past days. These past days the nation has remembered much. Over a week ago, with my dear colleagues Rabbi Oren Hayon, Fr. Neil Willard, and Pr. Michael Dunn, I had a profound experience of re-membering in our Pilgrimage of Lament to the so-called Lynching Museum in Montgomery, AL. The meaning of much of it came together for me when reminded that this past Tuesday was the feast day of St. Augustine. Augustine is one of the four great “doctors” of the early church, and in whose legacy we are deeply shaped as students of an Augustinian monk by the name of Martin Luther. Augustine shaped us spiritually in many ways, one of those most importantly being on the matter of re-membering. Continue reading

Sermon for B Pent 13 August 19, 2018

It is good to be back with you. It is good to have something of a voice back. I noticed the day after The HighPatheticals party that a lot of you needed the support of the pew in front of you to sit and stand. You had some after effects! I had after effects too. But they were unrelated to the concert. I developed an illness that severely affected my throat, voice, chest and diaphragm. And so Pastor Liebster served as my voice last week. With vacation theretofore for several weeks, Pastor Brookover stepped up as well as Pastor Liebster. I thank them and Pastor Stouter also for helping with Contemplative Worship. Continue reading

Sermon for A Pent 12    Based on John 6: 35, 41-51.
August 12, 2018

Jesus is the bread of life for those traveling through the wilderness. Sometimes we find ourselves in the wilderness without human-made directions. And so we need to trust the way of Jesus. But if that is the sum of it all, there would be no need for a sermon, would there? So we seek better understanding. Continue reading

Sermon for Trinity Sunday – May 27, 2018

Sermon for Trinity Sunday Based on Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17.

This is Memorial Day weekend. There will be apt attention to those who sacrificed themselves – ready or not—to the great ideals on which this country stands. Memorial Day for Americans calls us again to respect and practice the great ideals of freedom, justice, and human dignity. Continue reading