The husk that brings new life

This sermon was prepared for St. John’s United’s Sunday service, live-streamed on April 5, 2020. Based on John 12:12-36 for Palm Sunday, Year A. “I tell you the truth: unless a grain of wheat is planted in the ground and dies, it remains a solitary seed. But when it is planted, it produces in deathContinue reading “The husk that brings new life”

Silly virgins, late grooms, and the end of time as we know it

This sermon was prepared for the United Theological College’s Wednesday Worship, November 8, 2018 (using the coming Sunday’s readings for Year A, Proper 27, Matthew 25:1-13) Ten young women. I imagine them walking arm in arm—chatting—teasing one another—on their way to meet the bridegroom. They all go prepared: bringing lamps (in case it gets dark).Continue reading “Silly virgins, late grooms, and the end of time as we know it”

Fair’s Fair, Right?

This sermon was prepared for the United Theological College’s weekly chapel service. Year A, Proper 20. Have you ever felt like you were being treated unfairly? That everyone else got more time, more stuff, or didn’t have to work quite as hard? Growing up in a family of three, having everything be “fair” was aContinue reading “Fair’s Fair, Right?”