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

Noah’s Dove and the Olive Leaf – Sermon for September 4, 2011

Genesis 8:6-12 6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to … Continue reading Noah’s Dove and the Olive Leaf – Sermon for September 4, 2011

“Faith, Doubt and Everything in Between” – Sermon for May 1, 2011

John 20:19-31 20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said … Continue reading “Faith, Doubt and Everything in Between” – Sermon for May 1, 2011