September 4, 2022

Sermon for Sunday, September 4, 2022 It was 1939. A Lutheran pastor and scholar was in New York City, where he had gone because his anti-Hitler views got him in trouble with the religious leadership in Germany. His name was Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He had lived in New York before, while a student, but now he […]

September 11, 2022

Sermon for Sunday, September 11, 2022 Luke 15:1-10 1 Since I was away, there are some things I’ve been looking for. I know I put some of the things I normally keep in my wallet, because I knew I wouldn’t use them on my trip: membership cards to VMFA and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, frequent […]

September 18, 2022

Sermon for Sunday, September 18, 2022 Luke 16: 1-13 Shrewd. Often, when I’m wrestling with a text trying to figure out how to preach on it, I read it with an eye to a particular word or phrase that either seems to shimmer on the page, or one that rubs against my skin like some […]

Sunday, August 14, 2022

It’s a tough set of readings today, isn’t it? First, Isaiah talks about the destruction of the vineyard because God’s people are acting so badly. Then, the Psalm, a psalm of lament, talks about the destruction of that vineyard and begs God to restore right relationship between the people and their Lord. Then we have […]