Preaching Hagar and Ishmael when Philando is on Screen

The story of Hagar and Ishmael holds up a mirror to ourselves while our screens display the shooting death of Philando Castile. How shall we preach? What do our sermons need to say? [Read more…]

What to do When You’re Attacked on All Sides: A Message for the Clay Jars

Since the inauguration of this country’s 45th president, I’m noticing edges of what may be a disturbing new trend: friends in the resistance movement sometimes turning on each other. I fear this is a symptom of a much deeper systemic problem. How should we respond? Drawing on 2 Corinthians Chapter 4, this is a message for the “clay jars.” [Read more…]

La Lengua de Dios: Pentecost and the Language of God

I had a memorable encounter around language last year working the concession stand at my son’s baseball game with two other parents. One was Nick who was working the grill. He was white and English-speaking. The other was Maria, who served the food. She is Hispanic. I worked the cash register. Like Nick, I am white. [Read more…]

Rebuilding the Temple . . . of Earth: EcoPreacher Guest Sermon

Ronda Sloan is a lay preacher and elder in the Disciples of Christ Christian Church and received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest. The prophet Haggai chastised the ancient Israelites for neglecting to rebuild the Temple. In this sermon, Ronda draws implications for our neglected “temple” of Earth today. [Read more…]

Jonah, Ninevites, and Climate Change: EcoPreacher Guest Sermon

Carol Devine is the second-place winner of the 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest. Her sermon applies a “green lens” to the story of Jonah, and shows us key insights for our struggles with climate change, Native American rights, and economic justice. [Read more…]

EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest Winner: Brooke Baker

Congratulations to Brooke Baker, winner of the 2017 EcoPreacher Earth Day Sermon Contest! [Read more…]

Preaching Martin Luther King’s “Drum Major Instinct” in the Trump Era

There is a way to preach about politics (literally, the concerns of the citizenry, the polis), without being partisan (siding with a particular party or group). Dr. King was an expert in this, and we can learn from his strategies. [Read more…]

The Case for Recognizing Mother’s Day in Church

Jesus showed us that by embracing women and the feminine aspect of God, we do not emasculate the Divine. We affirm the humanity of women. And we expand our understanding of God. [Read more…]

Jesus, Mother Hen: This is the God I Want to Worship

“God is great, God is good, and we thank HER for our food. Amen.” Does that ever give people pause and raise eyebrows when my children and I pray that prayer at restaurants or in the presence of other family members or friends. [Read more…]

When Psalm 23 Shepherded Me

Psalm 23, when we learn it by heart, can be the very presence of God shepherding us, restoring us, protecting us, guiding us, and blessing us with goodness and mercy. [Read more…]