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

Beyond the Veil

But I Don’t Wanna!

We can’t pick and choose only the easy work that Jesus calls us to do—we must also do the “But I Don’t Wanna!” work. Turning the other cheek when we are hurting, and recognizing when we have hurt someone. Turning the other cheek does not mean ignoring what has happened and continuing to be hurt. God’s justice enables us to confront evil without conforming to it. And when we have hurt someone, God’s justice leads us to do the hard work of reconciliation.

The Complexity of God’s Reign

When Jesus says, “Blessed are you who are poor,” everything we typically think about economics, politics, and faith is turned upside down. Do we dare to believe him?