No Longer Lost in Translation: A Sermon for Pentecost, May 19, 2013

A few years ago, when I was working as a hospice chaplain on the South Shore of Massachusetts, I had one patient down near New Bedford. And whenever I went to see them at their nursing home, this other resident on her unit would see me in the lobby and start shouting at me in a foreign language. I had no clue what she was saying, but it was obvious to me that she was upset, and so I always just apologized and got out of there as quickly as possible. One day I went back and the same thing … Continue reading No Longer Lost in Translation: A Sermon for Pentecost, May 19, 2013

Getting Our Heads Out of the Clouds: A Sermon for Ascension Sunday, May 12, 2013

Churches, and their clergy, have sometimes been accused of being out of touch with the real world. Karl Marx called religion the “opiate of the people” because he believed it made us ignore the pains and injustices of the world and look to a pie-in-the-sky heaven when this life is over. And even today you hear plenty of people talking about how Christians are too focused on the next life, and not focused enough on this one. They might even say we have our heads in the clouds. Sometimes they’re right. I’ve talked before about how after seminary I did … Continue reading Getting Our Heads Out of the Clouds: A Sermon for Ascension Sunday, May 12, 2013

“What We Share” – Sermon for May 15, 2011

Acts 2:42-47 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 2:43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 2:44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 2:45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 2:46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 2:47 praising God and having the goodwill … Continue reading “What We Share” – Sermon for May 15, 2011