Monthly Archives: November 2015

Year C Advent 1: a new thing

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for this Advent. I am ready for God to do a new thing, which is what Advent is about: God breaking through our routines and rituals and riots and routs to … Continue reading

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Christ the King: preaching the parable of the kingdoms

My kingdom, says Jesus, is not from this world. We pray, constantly, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, because the kingdom of Christ is not from this world, but this world needs it, badly. If my kingdom … Continue reading

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My kingdom is not of this world

A pre-Advent poem for Christ the King The flag I did not come with fire and flood, but with tender fingertips, in flesh and squalling hunger biting through your resignation, splitting hearts and breaking glory down into its humblest parts, … Continue reading

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Dear Governor Kasich

Governor John Kasich Riffe Center, 30th Floor 77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215-6117 November 18, 2015 Dear Governor Kasich, I write to you as a priest and not a politician; I write to you as a citizen of the … Continue reading

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Year B Proper 28: apocalypse, now and then

They will not defeat the will of God, which is not destruction, but creation; not devastation, but resurrection. They are not the ending to the Jesus story. Continue reading

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Joan

She will not lay down ’til besetting rage, undone, stoops to kiss the dead.

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Lullaby for the end of the world

This Sunday’s readings are a little apocalyptic; whether one reads Daniel and Mark, or Hannah’s proto-Magnificat, change is in the air, and much of it alarming. Jürgen Moltmann believes that the Christian should not be afraid of the end of … Continue reading

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Year B Proper 27: the widows and the stewardship sermon

What a gift these readings are in the season of stewardship campaigns! They have a lot to say to us about trusting in the providence of God, about sharing, about giving, about the rewards of a faithful offering. What a … Continue reading

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On a Wednesday

On Wednesdays, I think about my mother. Arise, shine, for your light has come, the daily morning prayer declares, on a Wednesday. I hear my mother calling, “Rise and shine!” Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory … Continue reading

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All Saints: life unbounded

I was away all last week at a “Writing Pastors” conference. It was great. It did not leave a whole lot of time for sermon writing, but this is the gist of what was said this morning… There was some … Continue reading

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