“Water into Wine – Listening Nudges from God” John 2:1-11 This sermon encourages us to listen to people who love us and listen to that still, small voice of God that nudges us toward difficult callings. What a bizarre miracle to start out the Gospel with. Matthew, Mark and Luke have Jesus getting baptized […]
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This sermon encourages us to release the distractions and excess we’re holding onto, making room for God and for one another. John 3:15-22 “Cleaning out the Fridge” It is cold out there. So I regret that the analogy I’m using today has to do with refrigeration. But it also has to do with a beautiful […]
Sermon: “Faithful Choices” This sermon explores the challenges of ethical decisions and how to separate “right” and “wrong” choices from “faithful” choices. Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6 and Matthew 2:1-12 —- The story of the magi usually focuses around gifts. But that is only part of the story. Today, I want to us to look more closely […]
This sermon references a much longer article in Narratively, which includes a pastor’s story of coming out as a Christian to his atheist parents and coming out as a pastor with a non-binary gender identity. You can read the full article here: https://narratively.com/the-holiness-and-heartbreak-of-a-nonbinary-pastor/. I highly recommend it! The sermon, based on Revelation 21:1-6, challenges us to […]
For this sermon, I told (from heart) the story of the Gospel of James. Included below is my introduction and some of the details from the story that I chose to include (it leaves out others). It’s a fascinating story that’s not included in our Bible, but that helps us imagine Mary and Joseph’s story […]
There’s a great book on the Holy Spirit by two theologians I knew in college, Dr. Will Willoman and Dr. Stanley Hauerwas. One is was a highly regarded author and professor at the Duke Divinity School. The other is a bishop in the United Methodist Church and the dean of the chapel at Duke University. […]
This post has 2 parts – an introduction to scripture and then the sermon itself. 1) Intro to Joshua 2 and Genesis 38 In the first chapter of Matthew, the author traces Jesus genealogy for 41 generations, from Abraham to Mary and Joseph. I’ve spared us that reading and those 40+ Hebrew names, and […]
In 2016, after the presidential election, Ellen DeGeneres did a segment where she created a program called “Mobile Moderator,” where families could invite a professional moderator like Anderson Cooper or Wolf Blitzer to come over for Thanksgiving dinner to moderate the inevitable political conversations that would crop up over turkey and stuffing. In the demonstration, […]
This sermon was initially going to be about “speaking truth to power.” Perhaps we are the power that needs speaking to… 2 Samuel 12:1-7 12 1 and the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The […]
James 2:14-26 I’m disappointed Casa Q couldn’t be here… <Casa Q was going to present at COGS – their plans changed earlier this week> I’m still going to speak about them today. But first, let’s talk about James…. The book of James is all about how we can live into our faith. […]
John 21:15-25 A note on the translation: Our scripture today describes a conversation between Jesus and Simon Peter, a Disciple of Jesus. Simon Peter has a unique name, because his first name, Simon, means “Listener,” and his second name, Peter, means “Rock.” Pay attention to when Jesus addresses him as “Simon” (listener) and when the […]
Scripture: John 6:1-15 This story is the only one told in all 4 gospels. They tell it drastically different audiences… And yet there is something about this table that appeals to all of them… Perhaps what drew all of these writers to this story is that food is central to our […]
Exodus 20:1-11 The 2nd half of the sermon spoke about the Kavanaugh hearings, the earthquakes and tsunamis, and crises affecting our members. It included personal information not included in the online version. Just know that whatever you’re going through…in times like these, taking sabbath is even more essential than ever… Sermon: “Be Bold in Taking […]
When I arrived at my assignment for the Jesuit Volunteers International, which is kind of like a Christian Peace Corps, I had no clue what was going to happen. I only knew I was WAY in over my head. My assignment was at a high school that was also a trade school, and in […]
Almost 1/3 of children in New Mexico will go to bed hungry tonight. One out of three!!! We at Church of the Good Shepherd take seriously the command from Christ to “Feed the hungry,” and so, after conversation at the Council retreat, we voted to make the issue of childhood hunger our church’s issue. We […]
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