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

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

Beware of Gods Bearing Gifts

Sermon preached at the Hermitage, December 21, 2014.  Scripture:  II Samuel 7:1-16 & Luke 1:26-28) Once, long ago in college, I went through the necessary ritual of dating. On Valentine’s Day my junior year, I received a gift from a … Continue reading

Funeral for a Friend: Zach Arnold

(Zach Arnold was a member of many improvisation troupes around Richmond.  He died unexpectedly in late May, 2014.  I was honored to be one of the speakers at his funeral.  At the request of several people attending, have posted my … Continue reading

Body of Christ

(My sermon preached today at the Hermitage on Acts 2:1-21, I Corinthians 12:1-15, John 20:19-23) In the musical, Les Miserables, Fantine sings “I Dreamed a Dream.”  The song is the story of how her life went astray, how her path … Continue reading