A sermon preached on June 21st, 2020 – “Father’s Day” – based upon Matthew 10:1-5a; 7-9, 11-14; 24-26; 28-31 entitled, “Father Wounds and the Deep Healing into which Jesus Would Lead Us.” It was an odd group of men that Jesus called to be his disciples. There wasn’t much to suggest they’d make particularly promising […]
A sermon preached on January 19th, 2020 – the Sunday before Martin Luther King’s birthday — based upon John 1:29-42 entitled “The Light that Transforms Us.” Last week I began my sermon talking about the messiness of the Bible. Some Christians try to deny this messiness by insisting that each word of the Bible was […]
A sermon preached on Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019 based on Luke’s account of the passion story. In this great story we will listen to once more this night, we are invited to contemplate the mystery of good and evil. As we live our ordinary lives far removed from the atrocities that are common in […]
Friday, April 12 — The Lord Has Need of It Back in 9:51 in Luke’s Gospel Jesus is said to have “set his face to go to Jerusalem” (evoking imagery from the “suffering servant” passage we read earlier in the week.) Here now in the 19th chapter Jesus reaches his destination. The story of Jesus’ […]
Monday, April 8 As you read this week’s psalm, listen for themes that resonate with the story of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and the passion story that follows. Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Open […]
Thursday, March 14 A quick primer for those who might not be familiar with the Apostle Paul: A significant portion of the New Testament is made up of letters written by Paul to churches he helped start scattered around the northern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Paul began as a Pharisaical Jew who believed that […]
The Eulogy for Charles “Chick” Deeks (April 21, 1938 – November 27, 2017) Charles “Chick” Deeks was born on April 21, 1938 in East Orange. He grew up in Nutley with his mother and father, his brother Arty who was five years younger, and his sister Marilyn who was ten years younger. It was a […]
A sermon preached on December 4th, 2016 – the second Sunday in Advent. During Advent we hear a lot from people in the Bible who are called “prophets.” Who were the prophets? Sometimes people today think of a prophet as somebody who predicts the future, but that misses the essence of what prophets […]
Today is Easter! The tomb is empty! Jesus has risen! Without this message, the church would not, could not, should not, exist. If we truly took the resurrection seriously as the cornerstone of our lives together, how might we live?
On this day the disciples honored the Jewish Sabbath, keeping still. Nothing to do to fix the problem. Just be still. Wait. Be empty. On this holy day, let us seek to empty ourselves.