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Progressive Christians Ruined Me (Or, Everything Changes When You Know Their Name)

All I could think, as I headed into my second day of the machine of Rethink Leadership and the Orange Conference (a mostly-evangelical Christian leaders gathering) was: Progressive Christians have ruined me.  Before seminary and my classmates – those brave … Continue reading

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The Savior Next Door

They came in the very early morning hours. In the stillness of the deep dawn, when light and dark were equally everywhere. Mary, Mary Magdalene, Salome, maybe other women – came to anoint their friend, their teacher with all the … Continue reading

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True Lies – An April Fool’s Day Easter Sermon

Before the sermon we explored the Gospel of Mark’s telling of the empty tomb, and the idea that the truth of a story isn’t as important as the truth in a story. Then, we read Wendell Berry’s Manifesto: Mad Farmer’s … Continue reading

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Re-Creation and Reconciliation – Easter Sermon 2017

Reading – from Louise Erdrich’s The Painted Desert   Sermon – Re-Creation and Reconciliation – Easter Sunday 2017 Perhaps it is predictable that my favorite part of the Jesus story is the moment that many orthodox preachers would call his … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Homily 2016

Text: Luke 2:1-19 Homily: The Radical Story of Christmas – Mary, Jazz and Turning the World Upside Down  It starts with being counted.   Whether or not they wanted to make the journey, it didn’t matter. They had to go. … Continue reading

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Giving Up the Ghost

Reading from Christine Robinson’s essay, “Imagineers of Soul”  Sermon Preached August 21, 2016 The audio version of this sermon can be found here. A few years ago, my colleague Robin Bartlett, who grew up Unitarian Universalist, preached a sermon she … Continue reading

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The Light of Morning – Easter Sermon 2016

Here is the audio podcast of this sermon. Poetry: Maya Angelou’s On the Pulse of Morning (from the line “Lift Up Your Faces, you have a piercing need…”)  Reading: Luke 24 from the Message Bible  Imagine it with me, this … Continue reading

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