Recently a person unknown to me posted his “resistance” oriented event on the Facebook wall of my church. It wasn’t clear what the event entailed and it seemed that it might cross the line into partisan territory. The poster’s profile … Continue reading Why your church (and pastor) can’t be partisan.
The following was originally delivered as the sermon at the Congregational Church in Exeter on September 13, 2015. Where I lived when I was growing up, people would sometimes try to convert others to their own particular brand of Christianity. Sometimes … Continue reading But, What Do You Think?
25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27 He answered, … Continue reading Won’t You Be My Neighbor?: A Sermon on the Good Samaritan for April 12, 2015
“So, now that we have LGBT equality in the progressive mainline church, what are we going to do now? What’s the next big thing?” I get asked that question from time to time. The tide seems to have turned in … Continue reading The “Next Big Thing” for the Progressive Church: Putting the Horse Before the Cart
Matthew 16:13-20 16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 16:14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and … Continue reading But What Do You Think?: Sermon for 24 August 2014
Twice in my life I have competed in contact sports. After a childhood spent envying the boys on my block who could play on the football team, I joined my college’s rugby team. It was a club sport at my … Continue reading Falling: Recovery, Silence, and the Church
Some of the first prayers I ever remember saying were during football games. My family is full of Redskins fans, and my dad in particular takes games very seriously. I remember being about six years old and watching the Redskins play the Dolphins in the Super Bowl. We were watching them on TV, and I could see everyone was so intent and so anxious. And so, though I didn’t understand much about God or prayer or how to pray, I kept praying that the pass on third and long would connect, or the field goal would make it through the … Continue reading Prayer and Action: Sermon for July 28, 2013
This year my wife and I are trying to be conscious of where we are spending our Christmas money. We have a set budget, and we are deliberately trying to spend as much of it as possible either locally, or … Continue reading Journey Through Advent: Day 12
Mark 4:35-41 4:35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 4:36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. … Continue reading Cruise Ship or Christ’s Ship? – Sermon for June 24, 2012
When Joe asked me to preach this afternoon I asked him what his favorite text for ministry was. He responded by sending me that text I just read to you. The one about the sheep and the goats, and Jesus separating them from one another. The one about the sheep going to inherit the kingdom of God, and the goats going to a not very nice place at all. I was a little worried. Whenever I hear about people being judged by God, I start to get nervous. Mostly because I’m not really sure which way it’s going … Continue reading Sheep, Goats, and the Rest of Us – Sermon for the installation of the Rev. Joe Amico