Sermon – March 22, 2020

John 9:1-8/ Psalm 23 Grateful Despites Meditation Sitting up nice and tall, soften your jaw, let your breath get nice and easy. -Notice the chair underneath your bottom and the floor underneath your feet. Trust that they are both holding you up and you don’t need to hold yourself … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 1, 2020 – First Sunday in Lent

TEMPTATIONS   Jesus led into the wilderness by the spirit, Despite not eating for 40 days , It all seems too neat & tidy, like he was part of a Boy Scouts for Men program. Immediately following your baptism, Jesus you will be accompanied to the Wilderness by the Spirit, where … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 23, 2020 – Transfiguration

Seeing in a Different Light   We stand today on the threshold of the church season of Lent, that time for us to pause and reflect on how we are doing at being followers of Jesus, at being disciples.  But before we enter this season of quiet and reflection, we have one more burst of revelation … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 9m 2020 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

I am still writing this sermon. As I speak. I have swept floors, unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, folded and put away all the clean clothes, and watered all the plants in an attempt to complete the sermon and provide all a SOLID conclusion. There is a chance each time I preach this sermon … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 2, 2020 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Grace and peace and blessings to you, this day and every day, from God our Creator, from Christ our Savior, and from the Holy Spirit. Amen.   Tomorrow / Today, I will get to see my nephew again. You may have heard me mention David before. He’s 6 years old and he encounters the world with … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 19, 2020 – Second Sunday after Epiphany

I am often not a huge fan of the gospel of John. It feels like he is always shouting. It’s like reading an email written in all capitol letters.   I want to ask him – to give me a second – and back up a little bit. Give me some space. It seems like he is never asking a … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 12, 2020 – Baptism of Our Lord

Grace and peace to you, this day and every day, from God our Father, from Christ our Beloved Saviour, and from the Holy Spirit, Amen. I’ve got (Sat.: thirty-one)/ (Sun.: thirty)days. One month. Thirty-one / Thirty tediously long days until they’re here. … Pause … This will be the fifth time I’ve … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 5, 2020 – Epiphany

Star-Journey   Well, another Christmas Day is in the books.  In the stores, all the shiny little bits and bobs that once looked so festive and bright have been marked down 60, 70, maybe even 90 percent, shoved onto out-of-the way shelves to make way for the hearts and flowers of … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 22, 2019 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

The first thing that came to my mind when I read the gospel text is the small statue of Joseph I buried upside-down in the front of my house in Detroit, that I was desperately trying to sell in 2007, when I moved here to Champaign-Urbana to be the pastor at St. Andrew’s. There was a prayer card … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 15, 2019 – 3rd Sunday of Advent & Children’s Program

***Notice --- this was the text I started the sermon with – but things were added in the moments, much like cooking a soup based on a recipe, and then remembering you have some mushrooms that would be so great in it.  So, if when you read this text you swear you heard me say something not printed … [Read more...]