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Speaking: Palm Sunday and the liberation of Jesus

a Sermon for Palm Sunday A
Text: Matthew 21:1-11

Something to Say

What would you say and how would you say it?

That was the basis of the writing exercise we did Wednesday night.* Imagine that you have a prime time block on TV on Thursday night; 50 million people are watching, you have a nearly unlimited budget, and freedom to make the program the way you want it to be. 833 more words


Unbinding: emptying the tomb

a Sermon for Lent 5A
Text: John 11:1-45

Preventing Death

Our story is almost over. Jesus is nearing Jerusalem. And in one final, glorious act, Jesus reveals the very thing He has come to do. 962 more words


Leaving the Cave: seeing, believing, and true power

a Sermon for Lent 4A
Text: John 9:1-41

Plato’s Cave

In Plato’s Republic, the philosopher introduces a strange scenario in which a prisoner is trapped in a cave. 1,170 more words


From Night to Day: reconciling, faith, and the Kingdom walk

a Homily for Lent 3A
Text: John 4:5-42

The Story

Our scene turns from Nicodemus, who seeks Jesus at night to an unnamed woman who stumbles upon him in the middle of the day. 1,224 more words


Revealed: honesty and the Christian

a Homily for Lent 2A
Text: John 3:1-17

Under Cover of Darkness

We meet Nicodemus in Lent each year. Like Jesus, we receive him in darkness and confusion, wondering why he is here. 1,012 more words


Preparing for after the test: Lent and self-discovery

a Homily for Lent 1A
Text: Matthew 4:1-11

Getting our bearings

The gospel we call Matthew has a birth story, a flight into Egypt and all that. 1,107 more words


ReMembering is Messy: Ash Wednesday and black thumbs

a Homily for Ash Wednesday
Text: Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Beyond Black Thumb Day

Today is Black Thumb Day.

What? Never heard of it? It is the day that priests all over the world put on nice white albs, dip their thumbs in black, flaky ashes, and smudge those ashes on everything. 1,058 more words