Speak the Language of God’s Love

Have you ever noticed the collect, the prayer that the officiant says before the scripture readings at each of our Sunday services? Each week it is different and it is thematically related to the readings that have been appointed for the day. These prayers are all encompassing and audacious. They are meant to “collect” the…

Lessons in Authority & Healing

I started my weekend on Friday afternoon. My family decided to go to the movies. We decided that we were going to see X-Men: Apocalypse  (No fear, I promise you that, since the movie just opened, there will be no spoilers in this sermon.) As we drove to the theater, I noticed that many of…

Guess How Much God Loves You

Anyone who has ever known a kid has had the experience of reading the same story over and over and over again. And then reading it a few hundred more times. This is a story book that was a favorite of both my daughters. I read it about a million times. It’s called Guess How…

Christmas Message: Choose Wisely, Choose Love

Right after Thanksgiving, the Christmas music started on the radio (And of course, we’ve been hearing it in the stores and shopping malls since Halloween!). I waited and I waited, but I never heard my favorite Christmas song. The title is When Love Came Down. It was written in 1999 by a songwriter named Chris…

Giving Thanks for a New Year

If we look closely at the world, we can see two timelines unfolding side by side, moment by moment. First, you have the worldly timeline. We all know about that one. It’s the one that brings us headlines about bombings in Paris and in Bangladesh. It’s where we hear about mass shootings in Colorado Springs….

Giving Birth to a New World Vision

Let me share a sampling of the headlines I encountered on my preferred online news outlet yesterday. Of course, many pointed to the terrible attacks on Paris, but there were many others: Nightmare in Paris: Terrorists Kill 150 ISIS Claims Responsibility, Calling Paris Attacks ‘First of the Storm’ Tour bus crashes at S.F.’s Union Square:…

A Blind Beggar Teaches About Faith

How often does God pass by us in the world and we don’t know enough to call out? How often does healing, mercy, and compassion come close and we don’t think to ask for it? How often does the world try to discourage us, telling us to be quiet when we speak out in faith?…