I’ve said before that I firmly believe that Christmas is the best time of the year for movies and TV specials. Everything from It’s a Wonderful Life to A Charlie Brown Christmas to Elf to the Grinch to A Christmas … Continue reading Christmas Movies and Advent Stories: December 4, 2016
I read “To Kill a Mockingbird” the summer between 8th and 9th grade. It was a hot, Southern summer and my mom and I went into a bookstore to look for some indoor reading. She bought me the book, and … Continue reading Atticus and Me
As Americans we have freedom of speech, which is a glorious thing. I’ve never been a fan of censorship, even when I find something distasteful or hateful. And I would never ask that something I find morally repugnant be banned … Continue reading On Freedom of Speech: What it does and does not mean.
I saw your truck parked in front of the Rite-Aid, right by the Dunkin Donuts. Two large Confederate flags were attached to the back of it, waving in the wind. The American flag was, incongruously (and in violation of the … Continue reading To the Guy Flying a Confederate Flag in Exeter, New Hampshire
Like many of you, I’ve spent the past few days thinking about Charleston. Wednesday night people were gathered at a church. They were studying the Bible, and they were praying. And when a young man came in, they expanded their … Continue reading When It Feels Like Jesus is Asleep at the Wheel: A Sermon on Charleston for June 21, 2015
One day during my first pastorate, back in Vermont, I went to the Post Office to get the church mail. That day there was an envelope with the name of a fake organization on it and no return address. It … Continue reading Why Do the Hateful Choose Our Houses of Worship?
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
Yesterday in worship, during our time for children, I talked about Dr. Martin Luther King. The children and youth at my congregation, from pre-K on up to high school seniors, are exceptional in so many respects. Yesterday was no exception. … Continue reading Martin Luther King, John Lewis, and the Luxury of Hindsight Hope
Some of my favorite early memories involve the Washington Redskins. For as long as I remember, I’ve watched games on Sundays. My father is a Washington, D.C. native who has been a fan of the team since they moved to town from Boston in 1937. I’ve watched the ‘Skins play with four generations of my family and, though I now live near a team that regularly makes the playoffs, my loyalty remains with my oft beleaguered Washington football team. I’m telling you all this to say, in short, that I am a lifelong Washington Redskins fan. I love them. I … Continue reading Redskins and Respect: A Lifelong Washington Fan on Tradition
James 2:1-10, 14-17 2:1 My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? 2:2 For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and … Continue reading God’s Welcome, and Our Welcome: Sermon for September 9, 2012