Affluenza

a sermon on Luke 12:13-21 I would like to begin this morning with a quick science question. Imagine someone is holding a bullet and holding a gun at the same height. And, if it were possible, envision them dropping the bullet and shooting the gun at the same exact time. Now the question is, which […]

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Compassion and suspicion

A sermon for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C. Luke 10:25-37 I went to bed last night thinking about the Zimmerman acquittal and all the reactions to it. This news gives new urgency to the question the lawyer asks in today’s gospel, Who is my neighbor? To what extent do we decide in advance, […]

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Lessons learned

A sermon for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost, Year C. Luke 8:26-39 When I was a small child I went to Safety Town. Did anyone else do that? Is that still a thing? Well, if you don’t know, safety town was a day camp where you learned about safety and what to do in certain […]

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The stories we tell

Have you ever felt like there was  a story about your life or about some part of your life that shaped you? That you in fact couldn’t seem to change the script because the story was so ingrained in yourself or the people around you? Most folks in the Episcopal Church are shaped by the […]

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Making it up as we go

A sermon for Pentecost 2013 I recently attended a diocesan conference where an improv group performed. It was so amazing to me that they were able to think so quickly on their feet and were really pretty hilarious. Because, as you know, folks doing improv don’t have a script. They’re responding to what’s happening and […]

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Habits and Hobbits

A sermon for the 2nd Sunday of Easter The disciples are gathered together in the upper room on a Sunday when Jesus appears in their midst.  It’s a week later, another Sunday, when he appears again and speaks to Thomas. Two Sundays in a row, the disciples gather and experience the presence of the risen […]

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Rowan Williams on God and human suffering

But it seems to me not clear that we should conclude that God, by suffering as direct subject the human sufferings of Jesus, becomes more profoundly involved in human pain of all kinds than he would otherwise be. On the contrary, God’s loving involvement is there already: what happens in Jesus is that we are […]

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