Love Trumps Hate

To the man who yelled, “The president still loves you!” at me today upon seeing my “Love Trumps Hate” bumper sticker: Because you hollered at me from your car as you were driving away, I gather that you did not … Continue reading

Between Heaven and Earth

(Sermon preached on November 20, 2016 at the Hermitage, scripture: Colossians 1:11-20 and Luke 23:33-56) The Buddhist nun, Pema Chödrön tells the story of a woman being chased by tigers. She gets to the edge of a cliff as the tigers close in … Continue reading

In through the Back Door

(Sermon preached on Palm Sunday at the Hermitage, scripture:  Luke 19:28-40 & Psalms 118) Gates open and the procession begins. Thousands line the street, throwing flowers and laurels, waving madly, reaching to touch power as it passes them. Security guards watch the … Continue reading

War on Christmas

Texts:  I Samuel 2:18-26 & Luke 2:41-52 Let me say right now that I do not subscribe to the current “War on Christmas.” It is a fabrication created by a partisan media desperate for an audience. I believe there was … Continue reading

Birthing Peace

Lectionary scripture passages:  I Samuel 1:4-20 and Mark 13:1-8 Two days ago, in Paris, eight terrorists armed themselves with rifles, and went to nightclubs, restaurants, a concert, and a soccer game, where they shot dozens of innocent people at random. … Continue reading

What gives us life?

This is my sermon preached at Westminster Canterbury Retirement Community on August 6, 2015.  It is based on the lectionary texts II Samuel 18:5-15, 31-33 and John 6:35-51. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what gives me life. In the … Continue reading

Invasion of the Mustard Plants!

This is the sermon I preached on I Samuel 15:34-16:13 and Mark 4:26-34 at The Hermitage on June 14, 2015 When we moved into our Ginter Park home fourteen years ago, I had grand plans. The back yard was huge by … Continue reading

Snow Sabbath

In Richmond, snow is white magic, enchanting us to act in strange and beautiful ways. Democrats and Republicans, stand shoulder to shoulder, smiling as they peer out of 10th floor windows watching white petals turn dirty streets into Currier and … Continue reading

Violet Dreams

Last night, at the stroke of twelve, we let go of 2014. For some this “letting go” held regret, for others celebration. I’m not sure where I was on the spectrum between the wistful romanticism of another year gone and … Continue reading