Christmas Sermon on Joy

Christmas Sermon on Joy

This is not a spectacular sermon. There was no time for spectacular this Christmas. ** Have you ever noticed how much JOY there is in the Christmas story? It starts with the angel who visits Zechariah and Elizabeth, foretelling the birth of John the Baptist: “he will be a joy to you” the angel prophesizes. … Continue reading

Rebirth of the Church? (Book Review)

Rebirth of the Church? (Book Review)

According to this WIN-Gallup international poll on religiosity, Germany is the 5th LEAST religious country in the world (following on the heels of the likes of China, Japan, and Korea). Only France has us “beat” in the Western world. The Rebirth of the Church: Applying Paul’s Vision for Ministry in Our Post-Christian World by Eddie Gibbs is … Continue reading

The Poetry of Marie Howe

The Poetry of Marie Howe

Today I’m returning briefly to the blog-o-sphere to promote the work of contemporary poet Marie Howe. Thanks to a friend who always posts what poetry he’s reading on Facebook, I recently clicked over to read a remarkable poem called The Star Market on the New Yorker. “The people Jesus loved were shopping at the Star … Continue reading

The Peaceable Kingdom (Sermon)

The Peaceable Kingdom (Sermon)

I apologize for my lack of posts! I decided to do my doctorate, which has, um, slightly altered my priorities and time commitments in the world. One consequence is that I will taking a few months off from preaching. I may try to write in this space about what I am exploring in my studies … Continue reading

Sermon for Trinity Sunday

Sermon for Trinity Sunday

I read a blog post this week by some professor of preaching somewhere advising us to steer clear of the Trinity in our sermons this week. We live in a “post-doctrinal age,” quoth the article. Trinity?! Doctrines!?! Too complicated! Too boring! This sermon is my answer to THAT load of poo. **** This Sunday is … Continue reading