An Ancient Promise for Modern Times: a sermon

Thankful Memorial Church, ChattanoogaJuly 24, 2022Year C, 7 Pentecost Hosea 1:2-10Psalm 85Colossians 2:6-15Luke 11:1-13 Listen to this sermon here In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.     These days it feels as if every time I approach our sacred texts, I feel desperation at the disjunction…

On Covid-Shots and the End of Roe

Toby finally got his first covid shot today! And Fred and Bea got their boosters. These vaccines have been a loooooooooooong time coming and we're finally on our way to being able to join the world of "normal."  Over the past months, my kids have watched as other families eat at restaurants indoors and their…

Faith in the Face of Fear: a sermon

Thankful Memorial Church, ChattanoogaJune 19, 2022Year C, 2 Pentecost: Dedication of Ed Johnson Capstone Memorial 1 Kings 19:1-15aPsalm 42Galatians 3:23-29Luke 8:26-39 Listen here to this sermon In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. “[The people] found the man […] sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed…

Interpreters: a sermon

Thankful Memorial Church, ChattanoogaJune 5, 2022Year C, Day of Pentecost Acts 2:1-21Psalm 104:25-35, 37Romans 8:14-17John 14:8-17, 25-27 listen here to this sermon In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. My seminary required that all students take a class called “Meaning Making.” The class was a small…

Eavesdropping on God: a sermon

Thankful Memorial, ChattanoogaMay 29, 2022Year C, Easter 7: The Sunday after the Ascension Acts 16:16-34Psalm 97Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21John 17:20-26 listen here to this sermon In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  There is a rather peculiar pleasure that one gets from eavesdropping.  If you’ve ever had…

The Choice to Belong: a sermon

Thankful Memorial, ChattanoogaMay 8, 2022Year C, Easter 4: Good Shepherd Sunday Acts 9:36-43Psalm 23Revelation 7:9-17John 10:22-30 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. In addition to being Mother’s Day, today is Good Shepherd Sunday.  Every year, on the fourth Sunday of Easter, our lectionary texts invite…

An Idle Tale?: a sermon

Thankful Memorial, Chattanooga, April 17, 2022 Year C, Easter Day Isaiah 65:17-25Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24Acts 10:34-43Luke 24:1-12 Listen to this sermon preached here In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Have you ever noticed that in many of the gospel accounts of Easter Day, that first morning…

Better Questions for Times of Trouble: a sermon

Thankful Memorial, ChattanoogaMarch 20, 2022Year C, Lent 3 Exodus 3:1-15Psalm 63:1-81 Corinthians 10:1-13Luke 13:1-9 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. It’s been hard for a while now.  But the proverbial straw for me was the image of the dead Ukrainian family along an evacuation route. …

Success: a sermon

Thankful Memorial, ChattanoogaFebruary 6, 2022Year C, Epiphany 5 Isaiah 6:1-13Psalm 1381 Corinthians 15:1-11Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen. Since the first season of the podcast was released last month, some folks have contacted me because of my involvement in the Small Churches,…

The Surprising Pull of Grief

This morning, I had to pause unexpectedly in the rush to get myself and my kids out the door to work and school.  Right in the middle of the chaos of it all, as I reached out for my toothbrush, I was overcome by my grief and longing for my dead father and I spent…