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...

Sunday Sermon

Well, Jessie was supposed to preach today. However, her baby had other plans. I am somewhat amused that I had to preach this Gospel lesson the week I filed for divorce, and now here I am preaching it again just as I am about to get married. As I said, Jessie was...

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...

Sunday Sermon

The passage this morning from the prophet Jeremiah opens with these momentous words: “It was the Lord who made it known to me, and I knew.” I hear Jeremiah saying, “God has been trying to explain this to me. I see it now; I finally get it.” Yet, the rest of the...

Surrender to a New Beginning

It’s wonderful to be gathered with you today on this official kick-off to our Program Year. This has been a long-awaited day ever since COVID derailed much of our community’s life and plans 18 months ago. But finally, we’re back: Acolytes are guiding us in, the choirs...

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...