Note: this post was originally published in 2015 on New Sacred. I’m reposting what I said then here as a resource for those who are discussing the gender binary at General Synod. “There is no longer male nor female, for … Continue reading A Church Beyond the Binary
An audio recording of this sermon is available here. When you’re telling a story, there are two ways to do it. One is that you can focus on a very short period of time, like a year, or even a … Continue reading Our Story: Sermon for the 379th Anniversary of the Congregational Church in Exeter, April 2, 2017
Behind my desk there are two framed certificates on the wall. One is from 2001. It is reads “Certificate of Ordination as Minister of Word and Sacrament, Presbyterian Church (USA)”. The other is from 2010. This one reads “Certificate of … Continue reading On Presbyterians, Exiles, and Apologies
I love the United Church of Christ. I do. After growing up a “spiritual but not religious” “none” at the tail end of Generation X, I found my way into Christ’s church at the age of 17 and was baptized. … Continue reading On Throwing the Baby Jesus Out with the Bath Water
Jeremiah 29 4 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they … Continue reading The Gifts of Exiles: Stewardship Sermon for 2015
I’m often asked why there are so few women in the Bible. Sure, there are some. There’s Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene. There’s Eve, of Adam and Eve, and Martha who cleaned the kitchen while others surrounded Jesus. There’s Sarah and Abigail, Hannah and Elizabeth, and more. There are actually a fair number of women mentioned in the Bible, but the tricky thing is they are usually not at the foreground, and sometimes they don’t even have names. They are mentioned in passing, or as someone’s spouse, but rarely in their own right. And so when I … Continue reading “Your Silence Will Not Protect You” – A Sermon on Esther for October 11, 2015
The following was preached as a sermon on September 6, 2015 at the Congregational Church in Exeter, NH. James 2:1-4, 14-17 My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For … Continue reading Faithful Work, Faithful Welcomes: Kim Davis, Aylan Kurdi, and all of us.
Note: the following was delivered as a sermon on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at the Congregational Church in Exeter, NH. There’s a story you may have heard before about two women, and one baby. Both women claim that the child … Continue reading If You Could Ask God for One Thing….
Note: This was originally preached as a sermon at The Congregational Church in Exeter on August 9, 2015. Every UCC pastor participates in the pension fund for our denomination. The idea is that years from now when we retire we’ll … Continue reading The Danger of Building Bigger Barns
I’ve been thinking this week about learning how to multiply. Do you remember when you first learned? I was in about third grade when we had to memorize our times tables. Some were easy. 1×1 is 1. 1×2 is 2. … Continue reading Learning to Multiply: Sermon for May 10, 2015