What I’m Thinking: Foundation for Ministry

Speaking in his home town synagogue, Jesus declared that prophecy was fulfilled in their hearing: release for the captives, healing for the suffering, good news for the poor. That’s the foundation of his ministry. Here’s a transcript: I think the Church of the Holy Cross is very blessed to have a special guest preacher this […]

January 22, 2019 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: What God Is Like

January 20, 2019Second Sunday after the Epiphany John 2:1-11 If you wanted to write a book about what God is like, where would you start? If you wanted to write a sermon about what God is like, where would you start? If you were me, you might start with a rhetorical question. That was the […]

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What I’m Thinking: Starting with Joy

According to John, the first sign Jesus performed that revealed who he was and what God intended for him was at the wedding at Cana: turning water into wine. He kept the celebration going. He began his ministry with joy. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the wedding at Cana described in the second chapter […]

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Sermon: Like a Dove

January 13, 2019First Sunday after the Epiphany Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 You know that I like birds. I should tell you, however, that I’m fairly realistic about birds, or at least I try to be. I don’t expect them to cooperate with me when I’m trying to take their pictures, and I don’t expect them to […]

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What I’m Thinking: Baptized by the Holy Spirit

Luke’s description of Jesus’ baptism actually begins after the baptism, when Jesus was praying. It’s then that the Holy Spirit comes to him in the form of a dove. For Luke – and for us? – it’s the Holy Spirit that matters. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the baptism of Jesus, as described in […]

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Sermon: For a Guiding Star

January 6, 2019Epiphany Matthew 2:1-12 Early in the morning, my best friend is the snooze button on the alarm. I’m one of those people who sets the alarm an hour ahead of the time I actually have to be up and moving. I just prefer that more gradual transition from sleep to activity. That sounds […]

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What I’m Thinking: Following a Star

The magi – people seeking wisdom – followed a star over great distances to find a promised Messiah. What do we follow? What can we follow to deepen and practice our wisdom? Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the second chapter of Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 2:1-12): the visit of the magi, people who sought after […]

December 30, 2018 in What I'm Thinking by

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Sermon: And Yet We Learn

December 30, 2018First Sunday of Christmas Luke 2:41-52 They spent three days looking for him after discovering that Jesus wasn’t with their traveling group, wasn’t with one of the aunties heading back to Nazareth with them. They spent three days, and finally found him in the Temple. His relieved mother asked, “Child, why have you […]

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Christmas Eve Meditation 2018

December 24, 2018Christmas EveLuke 2:1-20 I’m not sure when I realized that trying to tell people how to feel doesn’t work very well. I knew that it rarely worked on me. If I was sad, having somebody else tell me that I was supposed to feel happy about… whatever it was… didn’t change my sadness. […]

December 25, 2018 in Sermons by

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What I’m Thinking: Blessed Mystery

For thousands of years, Christians have disagreed about What It All Means – except that we know that God brought us grace through the person of a newborn. And that is precious. Here’s a transcript: I’m thinking about the birth of Jesus over two thousand years ago in Bethlehem, away from the palaces and fortresses […]

December 23, 2018 in What I'm Thinking by

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