The Sacrament of the Church Rummage Sale (A Homily)

Deut. 30:15-20 + Luke 14:25-33 + Year C + Proper 18 In today’s gospel, Jesus tells us that we must give up all our possessions in order to follow him, and in doing so, our Lord institutes the little-known eighth sacrament of the Church – the Sacrament of the Church Rummage Sale. While technically an [Read More…]

Liberation Keeps the Sabbath Holy (A Homily)

As a former high school and collegiate track athlete, I have been joyously immersed in the Olympics this week, watching and re-watching historic performances from sprinters like Usain Bolt in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and like Wayde van Niekerek who shattered the world record in the 400-meter dash. But as I watched these races [Read More…]

Lost Pietà

  She had lost him three times now. Sitting in the cramped upper room that smelled of stale fish and spilled wine, she looked at his friends, his friends who knew him better than her, his own mother. Who loved him better than her, too. His death sharpened her memories of him into something more [Read More…]

The Good News of Division

Jeremiah 23:23-29 + Hebrews 11:29-12:2 + Luke 12:49-56 As the father of two young sons, I can’t say that I’m thrilled with today’s gospel text, much less to have to preach on it and reflect on it all week long. Quite frankly, in ways both large and small, there’s enough division in the world right [Read More…]

Foolish Silos: The Parable of the Alienated Rich Man (Homily for 13C)

Year C + Proper 13 + Luke 12:13-21 When I was about nine years old, I started amassing an extensive collection of comic book action figures for a kid my age. For several years, I devoted every dime of my weekly allowance to buying these figures, and eventually I collected them all — from Capt. [Read More…]

Mary, Martha, and the Only Meal Jesus Cooked (Lectionary Meditation)

Lectionary 10C — Luke 10:38-42 Jesus spent his entire life talking about meals, presiding over meals, and distributing them. He ate enough to be accused of being a glutton and received enormous hospitality from a variety of homes. In fact, he made receiving hospitality a central tenet of his disciples’ sending and an icon for [Read More…]

Demons and Demonization: Jesus, Sirius Black, and the Gerasene Demoniac

  If you’ve followed me on social media or had a conversation with me in real life, chances are you know I’m a little obsessed with Harry Potter. My kids are obsessed, too, and we each have our own Hogwarts costume. I once held a massive Harry Potter lock-in as a youth minister, complete with [Read More…]

Welcoming Wonder and Curiosity: Lessons from a Comic Shop for the Church

I have loved comics for as long as I can remember being able to read. What started with a mail subscription to G.I. Joe ballooned into an infatuation with The Mighty Thor (and the panoply of Norse Gods) and a growing collection of unopened Toy Biz X-Men figurines from the early 1990s. My room as an elementary [Read More…]

Keep Christianity Weird: The Trinity, Mermaids, UFOs, and Holy Strangeness

Keep it weird. From Portland and Boulder to Austin and Asheville, “Keep It Weird” has become a rallying cry for local culture in an increasingly mass-produced landscape, a full-throated embrace funky individualism that ironically forges strong community. Of course, to really find the misfit and funky expressions of humanity, you have to move beyond the [Read More…]

Good News in a Shampoo Bottle

This is every sermon you will ever need to preach or hear.It’s hope from a sink, wisdom with wet hair.  It’s good news from a shampoo bottle. There’s pain, and grace, and beauty. It reminds me of Maundy Thursday, but with washed hair instead of feet. Watch the whole thing. It’s worth every minute. [Read more…]


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