I want to talk about prophets.  Not the financial kind, though I will allude to that too, but the human kind.  And I want to ask the question: for whose sake does a prophetic message matter?  Hold onto your seats.  We are going for a ride.


What does a pr...

December 14, 2015

 

My name is Yohanan.  You know me by the name John.  My Father’s name is Zechariah and my mother’s name is Elizabeth.  I was an only child, and a surprise at that.  My parents were told they would never have children, that my mother was barren.  Oh how my parents praye...

December 7, 2015


I am sending you my messenger, to prepare the way before me…the messenger in whom you delight indeed he is coming says the Lord of Hosts.  But who can endure the day of his coming and who can stand when he appears?  For he is like a refiners fire and like fullers soap...

November 8, 2015

Naomi andElimelech were a young couple who lived in Bethlehem about five centuries before Jesus’ time. They had two sons. The country of Moab was to the East and as often happens, there were frequent border disputes. There was famine that covered all of Judah. It was a...

The Gospel lesson that we heard this morning is one of the most human and holy stories in all of our tradition.  In fact all three of today’s readings are powerful testaments to our God. We heard in the verses from the Wisdom of Solomon that the dead are like gold, tri...

The line from this week’s scripture “Take heart, get up, for he is calling you” is so profound that I used it for my title.  I could go in 20 different directions with this sermon. Each one of those directions would leave me with my heart in my mouth.  So let’s try thr...

It is always a challenge to know what to preach on any given Sunday.  Sometimes the scriptures are so

you don’t know which to choose.  Other times they are so challenging it seems daunting.  Lest you think I am alone in feeling this way,  it is not unusual for my clerg...

In a week marked by a Nor’eastener and the possibility of a Hurricane I have to admit I was focused on God’s promise not to drown us again.  But before we get to God’s promises we have to muck through this thorny lesson from the Gospel of Mark.  In this day and age it...

Some of you may remember that during the culture wars over abortion, some folks would have bumper stickers that said “choose life”.  And while I am admittedly ambivalent on abortion, I wanted to honk my horn and yell whose life?  As ambivalent as I am about it I believ...

My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, and the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come”.


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