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