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

Beware of Gods Bearing Gifts

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 young man I had been seeing for several months. He sent me a singing telegram … Continue reading

Truth in Advertising

A not-so-brief word about the billboard: If you aren’t familiar with the billboard, a local group called the Parents and Friends of Ex-gays and Gays (PFOX) purchased ad space from Lamar Advertising for a billboard in the city of Richmond … Continue reading

Journey (not) Destination

(This is the sermon I preached at the Hermitage on September 7, 2014.  The scriptures were Exodus 12:1-14 and Romans 13:8-14.  Enjoy!) Milo, the hero in Norman Juster’s book, The Phantom Tollbooth, finds himself on a fantastic journey in a … Continue reading

The Hill You Die On

(My sermon on Genesis 22:1-22, Romans 6:12-23, and Matthew 10:40-42 – delivered at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church on June 29, 2014) Back when I was in seminary and, like my fellow students, full of indignation at a world teeming with injustice … 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

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 became so muddled that she lost her way.  Listen to a few of the lyrics: … Continue reading