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Sighs of the Spirit

This sermon was first preached at an online worship service on Sunday, July 26 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square as part of a sermon series on the book of Romans. Relevant reading here. [ deep sigh ] The Spirit intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. [ deep sigh ] […]

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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 […]

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Friends of God

This sermon was first preached for an online service of Mosaic Lutheran Church on May 9, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. Grace and peace are yours from the resurrected Christ. Amen. It is so good to be with you all, virtually, this morning. I have heard a lot about this congregation and […]

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Blessed Bi Jesus

Blessed Bi Jesus Living in a world where we are discriminated against by both cisgender-straight people and monosexual gay men and lesbians alike, bi people suffer exorbitant rates of physical and mental health issues. We are frequently isolated from the larger LGBTQIA+ community, locked out of resources, and underserved by professionals who we entrust to […]

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A Witness

This sermon was first preached at an online service for St. John’s Wilmette on April 18, 2021. Relevant lectionary readings can be found here. It had only been about three days since they arrested Jesus. At least I think it was three days. Four? Time moves so differently now. And these last few days…they were […]

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The Resurrection of the Body

This sermon was first preached for an online service of New Life on April 11, 2020. Relevant lectionary readings here. I invite you to take a deep breath. (breathe) Feel the air coming in through your nose. Feel your lungs expand. Notice the rising of your chest or belly and the way it softens as […]

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The Story of the CEO of Schmamazon and Lazarus

This sermon was first preached at an online service of Kindred+ on March 14, 2021. Relevant lectionary texts can be found here. If Jesus had a Twitter account, these verses might count as some of his spiciest subtweets. In the midst of several parables and direct teachings regarding money, Jesus was getting major heat from […]