Absalom, Absalom! The Original

I wish I were a more literary person.  To my regret and my enduring hope for the future, I have not read the classics, the great works of Shakespeare, or much of the great literature of the 20th century.  I suspect that if I did I could make all kinds of comparisons with the stories of David.  It is an …

A Love Story

This will be another challenging week.  Yet again, we will gather in the wake of a mass shooting.  We are told once again that it is too soon to talk about gun control, too soon to talk about politics.  We know that it is statistically likely that next week will witness another mass shooting and the clock will be reset …

Dancing toward Justice

I’ll be out of town this Sunday, but fortunately our church is packed with great people.  Lindsey Mosher Trozzo will be filling in for me.  Lindsey is currently working on her dissertation on the ethics of the Gospel of John.  From our chat this evening it seems like this Sunday will be an extension of our conversation last Sunday with …

Momentum

The last couple of weeks have been kind of intense, a rollercoaster of emotions.  Now we are witnessing the backlash.  Those who see their worlds crumbling with the removal of symbols of racism and the elation of others as they take a step toward equality are determined to fight back.  They ask, “How far is too far?” And the answer …

David Loved Jonathon

This past Sunday was rough.  I am pleased to see so much happening in the wake of the events in Charleston.  Seeing Confederate flags removed in Alabama and initiatives to do the same throughout the South is encouraging.  However, there is so much more to do than change the racist décor.  While we endeavor to keep the quest for racial …

Preaching to the Choir

I was supposed to talk about David and Goliath this week, about how we read it as children and how we need to read it as adults.  There are themes of abuse of power, the cost of a warrior culture, the providence and protection of God.  It’s a great story.  I would have been clever and provocative.  But something happened …

I AM Anarchy

(Warning: Some of the video links in this message contain strong language.  It’s okay.  The Apostle Paul did it, too.) The teenage years can be confusing and awkward and mine were no exception.  I made questionable hairstyle choices – some things never change! – and thought that Ronald Reagan was the Messiah – thankfully some things do change!  At the …

I Don’t Know What to Say

The high liturgical seasons are behind us and now we enter “ordinary time.”  No fancy name, like “Eastertide;” it is just called “the Season after Pentecost.”  I like ordinary time, though.  We get to spread out a bit, immerse ourselves in the stories of Jesus’ ministry, this year from the Gospel of Mark.  Maybe pick up some of Paul’s writings, …

The Strangeness of Church

Last Sunday we celebrated Jesus’ ascension into heaven.  It’s a typically Lukan scene of strangeness, a man being carried up into the sky until he disappears into the clouds.  Things get weirder this week.  It’s Pentecost. You’re probably familiar with the story.  Jesus’ followers are hanging out, trying to figure out their next move when, suddenly, a wind starts blowing …