What Are You Clinging To?

In the Carl Reiner directed movie The Jerk, Steve Martin stars in the title role. And, in the course of the film, the Jerk becomes rich through a glasses invention Called the Opti-Grab. This leads him to purchase a mansion, live a lavish lifestyle, and accumulate many...

Be at Peace With One Another

When I was thirteen, in the summer before eighth grade, I discovered Bob Marley, and this amounted to a sort of spiritual awakening. I loved Bob Marley’s music, I listened to it all the time, I spent just about all the money I earned working that summer on Bob Marley...

Be Open

In this passage, Jesus sticks his fingers into a man’s ears (this is definitely pre-COVID!), then spits and touches the man’s tongue…and then calls a woman a dog! Now, for those keeping track, this is my 5th Sunday sermon here and so far I’ve been given texts that...

Sunday Sermon

“It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh is useless.”  Are spirit and flesh, or perhaps spirit and matter, separate? Divided? Opposed to one another? Spiritual or religious values and attitudes are often considered to be antithetical to those we consider...

Spiritual Fireworks

Today is Independence Day (as if I needed to tell you): The 4th of July, the day that the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776, declaring that the thirteen colonies would no longer be subject to the monarch of Britain; that they...