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Mama’s Song

This sermon was first preached at Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Sunday, December 19, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. This Sunday we remember the Magnificat. Mary’s song. So often we hear Mary portrayed as meek and obedient. But the lyrics to this song are anything but. When we hear the words […]

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Joy in Gratitude

This sermon was first preached for a hybrid online and in person service at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square on November 28, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. It is the fourth Sunday in our extended season of Advent. We are thinking together about what it means to cultivate authentic joy. […]

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A Sermon on Esther for Reformation Sunday

This sermon was originally preached at American Lutheran Church Burbank on October 31, 2021 as part of their “Children’s Bible Stories, Revisited” series. You can read the book of Esther here. The Jewish people were far from home after being conquered by their enemies, the Babylonians, and carried off into exile. And even though the […]

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The Rich Young Man and “More of a comment than a question, really.”

This sermon was first preached on October 10, 2021 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church before a book event of #BaptizedinTearGas. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. I have been to a lot of racial justice events in my role in the church. Typically after a panel or presentation or training, there is time […]

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Harvesting Justice

This sermon was first preached at Bay View Lutheran Church on September 19, 2021 as part of a book event for #BaptizedinTearGas. Relevant lectionary readings here. In just a couple of days we are coming upon the Fall Equinox; the time of year when the sun crosses from north of the equator to the south, […]

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Banquets of Life and Death

This sermon was first preached for Faith Church in Joliet on July 11, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. King Herod came from a line of tyrants. The Gospel of Matthew tells us that his father before him is the man who orchestrated the genocidal plot to drown all of the baby boys […]

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Dishonored Prophets – A Sermon for the 4th of July

This sermon was first preached at Faith Lutheran Church in Joliet on July 4, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. In the secular calendar today we commemorate the 4th of July, a day many of us celebrate the founding of our “home” here in the United States. This is a day where we […]

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The Reign of God is Like…

This sermon was first preached for an online service of Tualatin Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 13, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. Hmmmmmm. How can we explain the Reign of God? What is it like? The Reign of God is like….how many of you are gardeners? Or have done landscaping? We recently […]

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Faith in Public Life

This reflection was first recorded for an online service of The Church of the Good Shepherd in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Many of us have been taught that the church “shouldn’t be political.” This stems maybe from a few places, but for me as someone who grew up in a white midwest suburb, I think it mainly […]

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A Mother’s Day Reflection

This piece was first recorded for an online gathering of worship with Good Shepherd Lancaster on May 9, 2021. You can watch the video of the reflection alone here. I met my children when they were just over two years old when I spent the summer abroad in Sierra Leone in West Africa on a […]