God’s Word: Living and Active

October 14, 2018
Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

God’s word is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword. Hebrews 4 Carry the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6 Swords do not play a big role in my life. My kids were not really into sword play – and anyway, those would have been Nerf swords right?  […]

Fire Hit Them From Above and Devoured Them

October 07, 2018
Job 7:7-11; Job 42:1-3

(An English translation of this sermon follows the Spanish; this sermon was presented in Spanish). “Fuego se abatió sobre ellos desde lo alto y los devoró” (Apoc.20:9) Introducción Mis palabras no serán ni pueden ser un sermón expositivo ni un mensaje inspirador.  Más bien, comparto con ustedes unas palabras heridas. Hablaré como lo haría en […]

Faith In Action

September 16, 2018
Mark 8:31-37

It is pledge season, and not just for National Public Radio stations and PBS television stations. Churches all over the country are putting together their budgets and gathering pledges. In this way, we Mennonites who have been known to say we are “in the world but not of the world,” well, we may be more […]

The Whole Armor of God

August 26, 2018
Ephesians 6:10-20

The whole armor of God. Such a strange idea and image for Anabaptists who are proud to claim we are people of peace. It all sounds way too militaristic for our delicate, pacifist ears, doesn’t it. Other than wrestling my younger brothers to the ground and fighting until there were tears all around, I had […]

On Pilgrimage

August 19, 2018
Exodus 16:9-15

[Note: this is an adaptation of the sermon I preached at the Allegheny Mennonite Conference summer session held August 3-5 at Laurelville. Apologies for the repetition to those of you who were there – I invite you to listen for some new things – for the rest of you – enjoy!] I want to start […]

Wrestling Match

August 12, 2018
Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2

This past weekend was the annual summer gathering of Allegheny Mennonite Conference. It was a good weekend. I feel privileged to have been able to join Cindy, Michelle, and the other pastors of the conference in their pastor peer meetings, as well as sit in on the work and seminars of the conference. From my […]


July 29, 2018
John 6:1-21

When I read this oh-so-familiar story again this week, it seemed like there was nothing here. I mean where am I going to get food for my people? What could there possibly be here that we don’t already know? Is there anything filling in this loaves and fishes text? Soon there seemed to be meaning […]

Compassion: Who, What, When, Where, and How?

July 22, 2018
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

A couple of weeks ago, my twelve year old sister Sophia called me no less than six times in four days. That same week, she texted me five times and I responded halfheartedly to two of those five texts. Presumably, she wanted to talk about the art camp she was participating in, how excited she […]

Meanwhile, In The Palace . . .

July 15, 2018
Mark 6:14-29

It has been a while since we looked at the bible. The three week series “It’s not in the bible, but…” was great. It is helpful and good to hear from each other about our everyday spirituality and what keeps us moving forward, even if it is not strictly in the bible. Today we return […]

Give Thanks For Small Things

June 17, 2018
Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92; Mark 4:26-34

Give thanks for small things. I am grateful for an ancient text that seems to describe and understand the world we live in. I am grateful to find some meaning in the midst of the chaos and injustice in this country. I am grateful for a text that helps give some guidance when the world […]