Sermons at Lawrencefield Parish Church

The following is a collection of sermons written and delivered (unless otherwise noted) by The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Byers Walter at Lawrencefield Parish Church. Each can be downloaded and viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Unless otherwise noted, all sermons are copyrighted by The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Byers Walter.

Date Day Description
6/25/17 Pentecost 3 INTO GOD
What it's like to be in a one-sided relationship.
6/18/17 Pentecost 2 TRINITARIAN BIBLE STUDY
Three simple questions that turn Bible study in the possibility of transformation.
6/11/17 Pentecost 1 (Trinity) NON-COMPETITIVE OPPOSITES
Decoding the first chapter of Genesis yields a possible definition for love.
6/4/17 Pentecost AWESOMENESS
Two bits of mind-bending awesomeness plus a reality check.
5/28/17 Easter 7 (Ascension Sunday) THE WIND IS PASSING
Most of us have some idea of what the Father and the Son look like. What does the Spirit look like?
5/21/17 Easter 6 THE HOPE THAT IS IN YOU
If challenged, are you ready to defend your faith?
5/14/17 Easter 5 HANDLING TRUTH
What is truth?
5/7/17 Easter 4 WANTING
Wanting what you don't have isn't always an expression of greed.
4/30/17 Easter 3 BEING FOUND
"Have you found Jesus?" "Why? Is he lost?"
4/23/17 Easter 2 THE EPISTLE OF THOMAS TO THE LAWRENCEFIELDERS
A bit of creative writing inspired by Scripture.
4/16/17 Easter EMPTY
I had the empty tomb in my bedroom closet as a child.
4/9/17 Passion (Palm) Sunday COLLISION COURSE
A triumphant king arrives with blasts of trumpets. This king arrives to the songs of children.
3/19/17 Lent 3 REACHING IN
What's the difference between shame and guilt?
3/12/17 Lent 2 A CONVERSATION WITH JESUS (SERMON AS GUIDED MEDITATION)
You actually have a real opportunity to ask him everything you ever wanted to know. It's called prayer.
3/5/17 Lent 1 MOTIVATION
It is not just the inevitability of our own physical death we must come to grips with, it is the reality that through our lives we are going to have to face the daily little deaths that remind us that we are not the center of the universe.
2/26/17 Epiphany Last TO CONVERT HEARTS, NOT RAVISH THE SENSES
Have you ever wished that God would speak to you clearly the way God speaks to many people in the Bible?
2/19/17 Epiphany 7 THE OTHER CHEEK
A Sermon-on-the-Mount digest.
2/12/17 Epiphany 6 THE DOUBLE-BLACK DIAMOND SERMON
I have been known to say things like, "What a jerk!" This makes me "liable to the hell of fire."
2/5/17 Epiphany 5 THE GOSPEL OF YOUR LIFE
Your life may be preaching a gospel of which you are not conscious.
1/29/17 Epiphany 4 BLESSED
Why don't we assume that "normal" includes bumps in the road?.
1/22/17 Epiphany 3 COMPELLED BY LOVE
"Following Jesus" is not just a game of Follow-The-Leader.
1/15/17 Epiphany 2 MEETING JESUS
Church is supposed to be a group of people consciously living out their faith in Jesus so that others may meet Jesus, whether or not they ever call Jesus by name.
1/1/17 Holy Name ADOPTION
January 1 is not just New Year's Day. It is not just Eight Maids A-Milking. It is something much more wonderful.
12/24/16 Christmas Eve THE CHRISTMAS CONNECTION
There's one thing absent from most three-dimensional manger scenes.
12/18/16 Advent 4 HEART LAW
This sermon is for those who want to live by a higher, more universal standard than that dictated by self-interest, or by one’s own ego and appetites.
12/11/16 Advent 3 THE MESSIAH WE’VE GOT
Why doesn’t God destroy the immoral and reward the God-fearing?.
12/4/16 Advent 2 DRAGON SCALES
John the Baptist seems to have been rather an unattractive person. What was the secret of his success?.
11/27/16 Advent 1 WHY?
"Why?" could be the quintessential human question, but it may not always require and answer.
11/20/16 Pentecost Last NO ORDINARY KING
Just for grins, let's apply the same criteria to Jesus that we do to our politicians.
11/13/16 Pentecost 26 CHILDREN'S SERMON ON BAPTISM
A conversation with some very young baptismal candidates.
11/6/16 Pentecost 25 GOOD JOB
The Book of Job gives an unsurpassed account of what it is like for a faithful person to experience tragedy.
10/30/16 Pentecost 24 ARE WE UP A TREE OR IN THE WAY?
Jesus sees something in the guy in the tree that his neighbors have missed.
10/23/16 Pentecost 23 COMPARATIVE RIGHTEOUSNESS
It's terribly convenient that when you take stock of how well you're doing morally, you can always find someone who is worse than you are.
10/16/16 Pentecost 22 WRESTLING WITH PRAYER
What do you do when you pray hard for something and it doesn't happen?.
10/2/16 Pentecost 20 SOMETHING FOR NOTHING
Another problem teaching from Luke where no one gets what he deserves.
9/25/16 Pentecost 19 HOW MONEY IS LIKE FOOD
What we need to live can turn around and threaten our health.
9/18/16 Pentecost 18 CALLED TO ACCOUNT
When the ground shifts under our feet, we have to figure out what we can stand on.
9/11/16 Pentecost 17 LOVE SOAP
The fact is that good, sensible people do not and possibly should not behave like the people in Jesus' parables.
9/4/16 Pentecost 16 LESSONS OF A CROSS-EYED BEAR
We might as well find humor where we can in the concept of bearing a cross, which otherwise is a grim topic indeed.
8/28/16 Pentecost 15 WELCOME TO PHILDELPHIA
How close is "close as blood?".
8/14/16 St. Lawrence ST. LAWRENCE, DEACON AND MARTYR
How St. Lawrence, a quintessentially Roman saint, became patron of this bunch of commedians.
7/24/16 Pentecost 10 HOW TO PRAY.
What to do when someone asks you to pray aloud.
7/17/16 Pentecost 9 A WORD IN EDGEWISE
We are all Mary. We are all Martha.
7/10/16 Pentecost 8 PEOPLE AS PEOPLE
In many ways the story of the Good Samaritan becomes more powerful when wew put ourselves not in the place of the Good Samaritan, but in the place of the crime victim.
6/26/16 Pentecost 6 BODY SATISFACTION
How do we maintain a decent body image when the Bible says all that bad stuff about "the flesh?".
6/19/16 Pentecost 5 GOATS AND PIGS
How we need our scapegoats!
6/12/16 Pentecost 4 UNDCONDITIONAL
King David remains beloved of God, even though he apparently breaks every commandment in the book.
6/5/16 Pentecost 3 RAISED FROM (DAILY) DEATH
We know that we will be raised “at the last day,” but what about the horrible moments between now and then?
5/29/16 Pentecost 2 THE PROBLEM WITH HEALING
Jesus’ healing stories are marvelous, but they pose some problems, frankly.
5/22/16 Pentecost 1—Trinity BOASTING AND SUFFERING
What on earth can these two quintessentially human phenomena have in common?
5/15/16 Pentecost GREATER THINGS
Where did handbaskets get such a bad rep?
5/8/16 Easter 7 LOVE HEALS
“Love Heals,” is the motto of Thistle Farms. This may well be the Christian message.
5/1/16 Easter 6 HOLY HOUSEGUEST
Would you rather host a house-guest or be a house-guest? Both situations have their challenges.
4/24/16 Easter 5 WHAT LOVE LOOKS LIKE
If we are going to follow Jesus’ “new commandment” that we love one another, do we know what love looks like?
4/17/16 Easter 4 SHEEP OR SHEPHERD
Sometimes Jesus is the shepherd, the one who leads. Sometimes Jesus himself is the lamb, the one who submits.
4/3/16 Easter 2 FORGIVENESS ZONE
Yes, Lord, we believe. Now what do we do about that?
3/27/16 Easter NEED MET
We hadn’t realized how much we need this.
3/26/16 Easter Vigil FOURTH-PERSON GRAMMAR
Watery readings make for Easter-Eve reflections on Baptism.
3/13/16 Lent 5 THE ODOR OF HOLINESS
You can still buy nard today. It comes from Nepal and costs $600 a pound.
3/6/16 Lent 4 FAMILY BUSINESS
In the familiar story of the Prodigal Son we are brought face to face with what it means to be God’s child.
2/28/16 Lent 3 LOSING THE BLAME GAME
So, whose fault is it that the church is shrinking?
2/21/16 Lent 2 STANDING ON SCRIPTURE
How can we use the Holy Bible as a resource? It’s not as if scripture has a formula for every modern situation.
2/14/16 Lent 1 ALL OVER AGAIN
How baptism is like marriage.
2/7/16 Epiphany Last WHAT DO WE SEE WHEN WE LOOK AT JESUS?
Jesus’ miracle stories can inspire us to look on Jesus as a sort of fairy godmother.
1/31/16 Epiphany 4 GROWING UP
Is there a message for us when Jesus declines to perform on demand?
1/24/16 Epiphany 3 PROCLAMATION
In baptism we promise to “proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ.” How’s that working?
1/17/16 Epiphany 2 ENOUGH ALREADY!
What happens today when people assume there’s not enough God to go around?
1/10/16 Epiphany 1 WHY WAS JESUS BAPTIZED?
There’s clearly more to baptism than being cleansed of sin.
1/3/16 Christmas 2 WHO ARE YOUR PEOPLE?
When you know who a person’s “people” are, you know what to expect from them. Who are Jesus’ people?
12/24/15 Christmas Eve GAME CHANGER
Christmas is not just the obvious context for feel-good stories (which happen to be commercial dynamite,)
12/20/15 Advent 4 FEAR AND INSPIRATION
Into the fearful mess of our daily lives comes an angel saying, “Fear not.”
12/13/15 Advent 3 CHRISTIAN SOLDIERING
Don’t we lose something by totally rejecting the powerful picture of the soldier for Christ?
12/6/15 Advent 2 TURN DOWN THE VOLUME
Advent is an invitation to turn down the volume, particularly mental volume.
11/29/15 Advent 1 I LOVE ADVENT
Advice from Jesus on end-of-the-world hysteria.
11/22/15 Pentecost Last – Christ the King OUT OF THIS WORLD
When we call Jesus “King” we need to be aware of some irony and some legal wrangling.
11/15/15 Pentecost 25 COME TOGETHER
I’ve got a problem with “Spiritual But Not Religious.”
11/8/15 Pentecost 24 CHEMISTRY
We talked about English last week. Now it’s Chemistry’s turn to teach us about God.
10/18/15 Pentecost 21 FOURTH-PERSON GRAMMAR
Middle-School English sheds light on Christian ethics.
10/11/15 Pentecost 20 FILLING A CHERRY BASKET WITH WATER
It is easy to go from subjugating personal desires to assuming all desires are bad.
10/4/15 Pentecost 19 THE DIVORCE SERMON (AND THEN SOME)
This one is almost as fun as the one from Ephesians about wives submitting to their husbands.
9/27/15 Pentecost 18 CLEAR, NEAR, DEAR
What is clear, near, and dear to you? Is that clarity universal?
9/20/15 Pentecost 17 STATUS
Become like a child and erase those egotistical sound-loops.
9/13/15 Pentecost 16 WHO GOD IS
Who God is for people can be deduced not just from what they say, but from how they behave.
9/6/15 Pentecost 15 PERSONAL SPACE
Personal space is also healing space.
8/30/15 Pentecost 14 THE MIRROR
What do you see in the mirror? Who do you look like?
8/23/15 Pentecost 13 DIFFICULT TEACHING
Christianity is not rubber-stamp-approval of the way people are already living, and that includes the way professed Christians are already living.
8/16/15 Pentecost 12 SPIRITUAL FLAB
Spiritually as well as physically we often choose what is cheapest, most readily available, and most immediately gratifying.
8/9/15 St. Lawrence Day CHOOSING HOW YOU SPEND IT
If you were given the responsibility of performing the last official act of the church, what would you choose to do?
8/2/15 Pentecost 10 STICKS TO YOUR RIBS
The Church does not exist to please you, and the Eucharist does not exist to feed you.
7/26/15 Pentecost 9 COMMUNING WITH JOHN
For John, Communnion begins not in the upper room, but here on the green grass.
7/12/15 Pentecost 7 COMPROMISE
Most of us, in some circumstances at least, choose not to follow what Jesus says.
7/5/15 Pentecost 6 GUEST SERMON BY THE REV. BONNIE BOWMAN
Sometimes our vision is distorted because we are too close to what is before us.
6/21/15 Pentecost 4 WHEN GOD REBUKES
Sometimes the answer to prayer seems to be God's silence. What gives?
6/14/15 Pentecost 3 GROWING UP
Personally, I believe that concentration on preserving the church is misplaced.
6/7/15 Pentecost 2 LET THE HEALING FLOW
Jesus was a midwife. Not literally, of course.
5/31/15 Pentecost 1 TURN, TURN, TURN
Conversion is lifelong.
5/24/15 Pentecost HEAR THE SPIRIT
The Bible is the Word of God, but it is less a lecture than God's side of a conversation.
5/17/15 Easter 7 WITH US
It's probably useful to distinguish between "God is on our side," and "God is with us.".
5/10/15 Easter 6 I'LL HAVE WHAT THEY'RE HAVING
Against all odds, a once-obscure Jewish sect became a world-wide force. How and why?
5/3/15 Easter 5 LOVE. ANY. WAY.
Love is just about a guarantee for pain. Whatcha gonna do?
4/19/15 Easter 3 LIBERATION
God says, "There, I have liberated you from slavery. Please don't now enslave yourself."
4/12/15 Easter 2 CORPORATE
Is a personal relationship with Jesus all there is to salvation? I may have to differ.
4/5/15 Easter RUNNING THROUGH THE OPTIONS
Most of us have to come to our own conclusions about the empty tomb without an actual Jesus-sighting.
4/3/15 Good Friday PAIN
Pain is not an interruption, or an aberration in life. Pain is life.
4/2/15 Maundy Thursday BETWEEN TIME
Jesus tells us what to do while he is gone.
3/22/15 Lent 5 WRITTEN ON THE HEART
Practice may not make perfect, but it sure makes possible.
3/15/15 Lent 4 BIBLE AS PHOTO ALBUM
The Bible resembles a family photo album in many ways. Let's look at some snapshots.
3/8/15 Lent 3 NO STONE UNTURNED
What if Jesus were to show up with a whip this morning and start overturning everythiing? I imagine it would be pretty upsetting.
3/1/15 Lent 2 TWO SQUARE FEET
We have to open our hearts and minds to the idea that there is a larger universe out there than is suggested in our own square footage.
2/22/15 Lent 1 ARCS AND CIRCLES
Let's make our Lent an arc, not a circle.
2/15/15 Epiphany Last AS GOD SEES
Does God take the same satisfaction we do when the haughty, the dishonest, the corrupt or the cruel meet their comeuppance?
2/1/15 Epiphany 4 JESUS, IN A BLOW-OUT
Isn't it interesting that an unclean spirit recognizes Jesus' holiness before any of his friends do?
1/25/15 Epiphany 3 BEAUTIFUL TRUTH
Whether it’s following Jesus or saving Jewish children from the Nazis, how are people able to risk?
1/18/15 Epiphany 2 SNARKINESS AND CHRISTIAN VOCATION
I could just say “Don’t be snarky. Build the kingdom of heaven.” But it’s not about snarkiness, is it? It’s about the call of Jesus on our lives.
1/4/15 Christmas 2 DEEP MAGIC
In daily life, most humans, including most Christians, walk around unaware of the deep magic within us.
12/24/14 Christmas Eve SEEKING
Christmas Eve is a night of seeking. What are you seeking here tonight? The Ghost of Christmas Past?
12/21/14 Advent 4 MOTHERS OF GOD
Mary was special. Mary was not different from any of us. The story of a unique word and a universal invitation.
12/14/14 Advent 3 REJOICE!
If you've ever wondered what God's will for your life is, here it is.
12/7/14 Advent 2 SLOW DOWN
Believe it or not, the busiest time of the year is the best time to go slow.
11/27/14 Thanksgiving KEEPING THE THANKS IN THANKSGIVING
Not to rush Christmas, but today's message is like unto it.
11/16/14 Pentecost 23 LOVE LIVES
This week I saw two heartbreaking videos on Facebook -- and rediscovered a fundamental truth.
11/9/14 Pentecost 22 WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR YOUR FAITH TODAY?
Routine can be death to a relationship: marriage, or another just as important.
11/2/14 All Saints SAINTS ALIVE
In this church at least, saints are not really about miracles.
10/19/14 Pentecost 19 ICONS
My granddaughter is the image of her mother. Whose image do you bear?
10/5/14 Pentecost 17 WHAT WE CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
If you had to downsize, what would you keep and what would you discard?
9/28/14 Pentecost 16 MENTAL FURNITURE
Not getting out much can be a dangerous thing.
9/21/14 Pentecost 15 SIBLING RIVALRY
My sister and I fought like cats while we were growing up and then one day we were friends. What happened?
9/14/14 Pentecost 14 THE HEART OF THE MATTER
The lead singer of the Eagles helps out with today's sermon.
9/7/14 Pentecost 13 WHAT FAMILIES DO
The American family is changing. What families need to do isn't.
8/31/14 Pentecost 12 EMPTY
We can get awfully attached to our ideas about Jesus. Sometimes too much.
8/17/14 Pentecost 10 NOT POSSIBLE
A poetic response to a familiar healing story.
8/10/14 St. Lawrence Day LIFE-GIVING
How do you like your martyrdom – red or white? Is there an alternative?
8/3/14 Pentecost 8 PALTRY RESOURCES, GIGANTIC LOVE
What would you do if I told you, "Go out and save the world"? Would you salute smartly, say, "Aye, aye," and immediately undertake a plan of cosmic salvation? Me neither.
7/27/14 Pentecost 7 HEALING PRESENCE
The "Identified Weed Attitude," and why it doesn't help.
7/20/14 Pentecost 6 LIVING WITH WEEDS
Unfortunately you can't use Round-Up on people.
7/13/14 Pentecost 5 GOOD
What I did on my summer sabbatical.
6/15/14 Pentecost 1 THE TRINITY SERMON
Most Christians deal with ambiguity of Trinitarian doctrine by just not thinking about it. Just for today, try.
6/8/14 Pentecost UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE
Servpro's motto is "Like it never even happened." That goes for forgiveness too.
6/1/14 Easter Last GLORIFICATION
Ascending to heaven is not the first time Jesus was glorified.
5/25/14 Easter 6 FAMILY RESEMBLANCE
What my Nana, "I am the Walrus," and living in one another have in common.
5/18/14 Easter 5 SINGING IN PARTS
How choral singing is like heaven.
5/11/14 Easter 4 COMING WHEN CALLED
We tend to think of sheep as stupid creatures, but if Jesus is correct, they have something over human beings.
5/4/14 Easter 3 SHARING, CARING...
Would you recognize Jesus on the street? Or anywhere else?
4/27/14 Easter 2 DOING FAITHFUL
Doubt is not the worst thing a Christian can do.
4/20/14 Easter Day BEST.DAY.EVER.
Sometimes billboards tell the truth.
4/19/14 Easter Vigil GOD CAN
Whatever you do, don't let God off the hook.
4/18/14 Good Friday CONVERSATION WITH CRUCIFIXION
Pilate at least entered into conversation with Jesus. Do we?
4/17/14 Maundy Thursday LOVING WELL
If you haven't had a recent pedicure, you may be sensitive about removing your shoes for a foot-washing.
4/13/14 Palm/Passion Sunday NEED TO REMEMBER
It's downright dizzying to go from "Hosanna!" to "Crucify him!"
4/6/14 Lent 5 ALWAYS FREE
Mountaineers are always free. That goes for followers of Jesus too.
3/30/14 Lent 4 WHO SINNED?
We have to realize that God is doing something in the world other than simply rewarding good people and punishing bad people.
3/23/14 Lent 3 BEING KNOWN
To be happy, human beings need someone to share their secrets.
3/16/14 Lent 2 THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
A good Lenten discipline is to take a good hard look at what is making us unhappy, and figure out how to involve God.
3/2/14 Epiphany Last ANTICIPATORY RETROSPECT
Like in The Sixth Sense, there are something you don’t understand until the end.
2/23/14 Epiphany 7 GIVING AND FORGIVING
Amish families forgave the murderer of their children. Whoa.
2/16/14 Epiphany 6 AN ALTERNATIVE TO DISMEMBERMENT
Call me a party-pooper, but I’ve never been much into self-mutilation.
2/2/14 Feast of the Presentation WAITING ROOM
How long would you wait if placed on hold? For a table at the Alpha? For a delayed airplane flight? A lifetime?
1/26/14 Epiphany 3 PEOPLE PEOPLE
With apologies to Tina Turner, what’s baptism got to do with it?
1/19/14 Epiphany 2 BEHOLD THE LAMB
Ever wonder why God should be a lamb rather than a lion?
1/5/14 Christmas 2 EGYPT ME
Ever been to Egypt? You might have, even if you’ve never left the U.S.
12/24/13 Christmas Eve SHEPHERDS
We are all shepherds tonight. Even if we’re allergic to wool.
12/22/13 Advent 4 BEAR TO BEAR
Mary bore Jesus. Can we?
12/15/13 Advent 3 WHAT ARE YOU SEEKING?
When things aren’t going the way you’d like or expect, ask yourself just what it was you were praying for.
12/8/13 Advent 2 BREAD-MAKING
Bread is a miracle. Be like bread.
12/1/13 Advent 1 MINUTEMEN
Listen, my children and you shall hear about how to be ready for Advent.
11/28/13 Thanksgiving PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Even if you don’t play piano, if you’re a Christian you’re always practicing.
11/24/13 Pentecost Last GIFTED
Too many churches in these so-called “Post-Christian” days are guilty of poor mouth.
11/17/13 Pentecost 26 STEAL AWAY HOME
We all need a home. And we have one.
11/10/13 Pentecost 25 THIS IS OUR STORY
I can tell you the date and data of my birth, but if you really want to know something about me...
11/3/13 Pentecost 24 COME DOWN FROM THERE
Zacchaeus goes to the movies (and reads Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy.)
10/27/13 Pentecost 23 GOD HAS A LIFE
At what point do children realize that their teachers and parents have lives of their own?
10/20/13 Pentecost 22 DON’T LOSE HEART
Just when I figured we’d just have to grit our teeth and bear up, God started to pile on the blessings.
10/13/13 Pentecost 21 BLESS YOU
Blessing – it’s not just for sneezers any more.
10/6/13 Pentecost 20 SMART PHONES
The apostles said to the Lord, “Give us more powerful smart phones.”
9/29/13 Pentecost 19 IT’S A SIGN!
“Oh God, send me a sign: any sign at all! Never mind the earthquake and the lightning – just send me a sign!”
9/15/13 Pentecost 17 WHAT DO YOU SEE?
When my own father got mistaken for a vagrant, I realized just how differently different people can see things.
9/8/13 Pentecost 16 DETACHABLE
I have to admit, I was kind of attached to that diamond I washed down the sink with the potato peelings.
9/1/13 Pentecost 15 CRAZY EIGHTS
Life is more like Crazy Eights than Bridge.
8/25/13 Pentecost 14 HEALING AND FEELING
Don’t get “hooked on a feeling.” Move on to something better.
8/18/13 Pentecost 13 MOVING TARGET
Go to a Zumba class (or church) and you gotta expect to move.
8/11/13 Pentecost 12 – Feast of St. Lawrence LAWRENCE THE DEACON
Find out more about the patron saint of comedians.
8/4/13 Pentecost 11 JESUS’ PLAYCLOTHES
Not called to a vocation of radical poverty? One simple discipline is all that’s needed.
7/28/13 Pentecost 10 AMATEUR PRAYER
Mercedes Benz and the “right” way to pray.
7/21/13 Pentecost 9 DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY
Worried? Bob Newhart and Jesus have some advice.
7/14/13 Pentecost 8 OUT OF THE RUT
How Monkey Girl taught me something about God.
7/7/13 Pentecost 7 TO BE AND TO BELIEVE
People have some pretty strange ideas about Christianity. Whose fault is that?
6/16/13 Pentecost 4 CHAIN OF FOOLS
Is Jacob Marley the only one who drags around chains?
6/9/13 Pentecost 3 LIFE, PAIN AND DEATH (And How to Tell the Difference)
Pain feels like death, but pain is not death. And love is stronger than both.
6/2/13 Pentecost 2 THE ORDERLY ACCOUNT
We’ll be reading from the Gospel of Luke for the next several months, so we may as well know something about it.
5/26/13 Pentecost 1 – Trinity Sunday GOD TALK
The Apostles’ Creed made clear, once and for all, what Christians believe about God. Not.
5/19/13 Pentecost CAGE-RATTLING
You might say that the Bible is the story of God rattling people’s cages.
5/12/13 Easter 7 SLAVE AND FREE
Some prisoners are free. Some rulers are not. There are ways to be free, and ways to be enslaved. Which are you?
5/5/13 Easter 6 THE POOL OF HEALING
An introduction to using the imagination (rather than the intellect) to approach God.
4/28/13 Easter 5 WHAT’S NEW?
Why watch the Wizard of Oz again and again? Why turn back to biblical assurances again and again?
4/21/13 Easter 4 WE WILL
Last week, Boston was bombed. Today we baptize a baby. How can we possibly go from one to the other?
4/14/13 Easter 3 I DREAM OF JESUS
After something as extraordinary as the Resurrection, the disciples go fishing as if Jesus had never come into their lives. Huh?
4/7/13 Easter 2 ARE WE DONE YET?
Baptizing a baby is not like a set of acrylic nails or anything else you get “done.”
3/31/13 Easter EASTER EMPTINESS
In a way, death turns out to be like the Wizard of Oz.
3/30/13 Easter Vigil SEEKING THE LIVING
You must have come here for a reason. What are you seeking?
3/29/13 Good Friday GOOD FRIDAY THESAURUS
It is accomplished. Check it off. Cross through it. It’s over. Go home. But know this first …
3/28/13 Maundy Thursday WONDROUS LOVE
How bath time represents the love of God.
3/24/13 Palm/Passion Sunday HERE AND NOW
Where was God during the Sandy Hook shootings? The Passion Narrative provides a clue.
3/17/13 Lent 5 EXTRAVAGANCE
In 2011, Americans spent $10.4 billion on cosmetic surgery. A lousy bottle of perfume pales in comparison.
3/10/13 Lent 4 LIKE THAT
Have you ever noticed that when Jesus tells a parable, he never actually tells us which character we’re supposed to identify with?
3/3/13 Lent 3 NOT THE CENTER
We all know that we’re not the center of the universe. But we don’t always act as if we know it.
2/24/13 Lent 2 HEAVENLY CITIZENSHIP
Christians really hold dual citizenship.
2/17/13 Lent 1 YOU’RE ENTITLED
Entitlement is a gateway to tremendous freedom … and tremendous sin.
2/10/13 Epiphany 5 THIN PLACES
Wisdom from the Celts about where and when people feel close to God.
2/3/13 Epiphany 4 LOVE AS VEGETABLE
A parable about what people often do with the gifts God gives them.
1/27/13 Epiphany 3 JESUS THE RULE-CHANGER
Everyone knows you can’t change the rules in the middle of the game – except Jesus.
1/13/13 Epiphany 1 BURNED BUT NOT CONSUMED
Sometimes there is no way to avoid the hurting if you are committed to the ultimate healing.
1/6/13 Epiphany FAITH IS A VERB
Could the travels of the wise men be a metaphor for our own faith journeys?
12/24/12 Christmas Eve JOSEPH’S PERSPECTIVE
Imagine what it must have really been like for Joseph. The first Christmas Eve was probably actually quite fraught.
12/23/12 Advent 4 SOMETHING NEW
People do well to recruit the strongest and best to achieve the desired result. Everybody naturally does this. Except God.
12/16/12 Advent 3 ROOMY HEARTS
Is there a War on Christmas?
12/9/12 Advent 2 DARN STRAIGHT
People have a genius for making straight paths crooked – even the path to God.
12/2/12 Advent 1 BALANCING ACT
Entering Advent is kind of like entering a time machine.
11/25/12 Pentecost Last SCANDALOUS KINGSHIP
Americans don’t truck much with kings, but if we did, we’d want a winner.
11/22/12 Thanksgiving GRATIA
Rainy weather is bad weather. Not.