The Easter Church: Saint Dorcas

Since Simon Peter is instrumental in raising Dorcas from death, it is easy to see this story as another “hero of the faith” story about Peter. If we see it is a story about Tabitha, it opens up a way of seeing “the sainthood of all believers,” and not just the sainthood of the well-known heroes. 

The Easter Church: Christ the Persecuted

Jemar Tisby recently wrote – after the shooting at the Chebar synagogue in Poway, CA – “Troublesome though it may be, Christians must contend with these twin facts: White nationalism is on the rise and white Christians are susceptible to this ideology.” The way we interpret the story of Saul of Tarsus may well show us how to avoid this susceptibility. 

The Easter Church: Ending the Blood Curse

The “Easter Church” in the book of Acts lived with the deep conviction that the living presence of Christ was ever with them. When they are accused of plotting revenge, they offer an amazing interpretation of the cross and resurrection. 

After All, Is Life

Rather than treating the Easter story as a CSI forensic case, we hear it best when we walk through the gospel accounts as if walking in a garden. When Mary sees Jesus and thinks he is the gardener, it turns out that she’s right! 

Reconciling Imprecation and Love

After such rapturous words about the beauty and order of creation, the 104th Psalm ends with a jarring curse: “Let sinners be consumed from the earth and the wicked be no more.” In this sermon we explore the intersection between such “imprecation” and God’s love. 

Rejoicing in Sea Monsters

Tales about whales, sea serpents, monsters of the deep, dragons, or “Leviathan” have are archetypal stories about the limits of human control and looming chaos. The 104th Psalm describes Leviathan as a creature God created for God’s own joy. It offers us a way of thinking about climate change with the question: What brings God joy? 

All God’s Critters Got a Place on the Earth

For many years, people in the Christian faith have followed a “Dominion Theology,” where nature is reduced as means to serving human ends. The 104th Psalm recognizes how one species often functions that way for another species, but without reducing any part of nature to a simple means to an end. 

The Problem of Wealth

While we have been trained to think of inequality and impoverishment as problems of poverty, what if we viewed them instead as problems of wealth? The 104th Psalm helps us to see a distinction between wealth and abundance. 

Faith in the Midst of Storms

The Sovereignty of God in Wind and Fire