Sermons

Clothe Yourselves

August 14, 2022
Colossians 3:12-17
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Clothe yourselves – (with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.) This directive, this metaphor of clothing in Colossians, makes a whole lot more sense to me since I learned that […]

Chasing the Wind

July 31, 2022
Luke 12:13-21; Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23
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Vanity of Vanities. Futile, absolutely futile. Completely illusory. Everything is an illusion. Welcome to the dog days of summer, when even the lectionary texts are despondent, overheated and grumpy. We, […]

Go and do the same

July 10, 2022
Luke 10:25-37
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An Expert in the Law stood up to put Jesus to the test and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit everlasting life?” Jesus answered, “What is written in […]

First, Last & In Between

June 26, 2022
Isaiah 48:12; Isaiah 44:6-8; Mark 10:24-31; Luke 13:22-30
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On Tuesday as we gathered on line for morning prayer, we heard this: from Isaiah 44 – I am the first and I am the last. Do not fear, for […]

On Demons and Dancefloors: A Queer Abolitionist Pride

June 19, 2022
Luke 8:26-39
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Thank you for having me. It is good to be here as a former active member at HMC and current member in diaspora. And as the new executive director of […]

Calling in the Streets and Sitting at the Table

June 12, 2022
John 16:12-15; Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31
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The liturgical calendar tells us today is Trinity Sunday. It is one of those days in the Christian calendar that is not strictly biblical though the one place the trinitarian […]

A New Name for Thomas

May 29, 2022
John 11: 1-16
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My sermon is about someone who had two nicknames. One of Jesus’ disciples, Thomas, had TWO very unfortunate Nicknames: When Thomas gets mentioned in the Gospels nearly every time it […]

Song of All Songs

May 15, 2022
Song of Songs 1:17- 2:6; John 13: 34-35; Rev. 21:1-3
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I recently participated in a four day seminar on the Song of Solomon with 15 other pastors. The first thing that I learned was that this often overlooked book of […]

Constant Calder

May 01, 2022
Psalms 46: 1-10; 1 Kings 19:9-13
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You may or may not know that I am a fan of the artist Alexander Calder. Calder is best known for his large scale sculptures and mobiles that have bright […]

On the Road: Hyattsville Mennonite Church 70th Anniversary

April 24, 2022
Luke 24:13-32
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It was the fall of 1951… Nelson Brunk’s wife, Ruth, still remembers how the announcement of the new slate of church officials was delayed that Sunday morning, while Pastor Shenk […]