Right Time, Right Place, Right Woman

What are the stories that stay with us? Great stories that are compelling and rich? That question opens my most recent sermon. A sermon influenced by Jesus' parable on talents from Matthew's gospel -- but a sermon responding much more to the book of Esther (we couldn't read the whole thing so joined here with …

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One more question

Sometimes the pieces fall into place. Look, I know there are plenty of reasons to be infuriated with a whole lot of Christian churches and people: White supremacy and nationalism; spreading QAnon nonsense; supporting Trump, to name three of the worst. But at Woodridge UMC we are doing our very best to be as open, …

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Questions abound

Sermon time! Boy, if that doesn't get you excited, what will?? This was one of those weeks that I suspect happen to all preachers at some point: "Still trying to find that spark for the sermon," I texted my colleague Saturday afternoon. Did I find it eventually? That, dear reader, is up to you. The …

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How Dare You?!

My sermon from Sunday based on the Lectionary texts from this week: Jonah 3:10-4:11 and Matthew 20:1-16. Both texts offer a parable, though Jonah is a much more extended story...and not always recognized for the tall tale that it is. Jonah is also my favorite book (other than the Gospel of Luke), as I've shared …

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Are you tired? I bet you’re tired

How about a Labor Day-themed sermon? That's what I offered on Sunday. Inspirations this week: Scripture texts from Romans 13 and the Gospel of Matthew 16. Local broadcaster and Chicago treasure, Laurence Holmes has long been my favorite radio show host. He is fantastic at interviews and I enjoy a good origin story, so his …

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‘Privilege and Promise: This is America — Complacent, Complicit, or Converted?’

Sermons are inherently weird. They are speeches, but not just that. They are reflections on scripture, but not just that. They are commentary on the state of the world, but not just that. They are autobiographical, but not just that. They are aspirational, but not just that. They are monologues and they are conversations. Sermons …

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‘Privilege and Promise: This is America — Seeding Growth’

My most recent sermon is the fourth installment of our summer series, "Privilege and Promise: This is America." I begin with a brief recap of the series thus far, but if you are interested in experiencing the full effect: Prologue, "The Past is Prologue" Part 1, "Moving Beyond Fear" by the Rev. Danita R. Anderson …

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God’s Elevator Pitch?

It was my turn to preach again Sunday. (We are on a break from the "Privilege and Promise: This is America" sermon series. But it returns soon. Of course, it is objectively obvious that racism does not take a break, so let’s not stop striving every day to be actively antiracist.) The lectionary gave us …

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“Privilege and Promise: This is America — Being Colorblind”

This summer at Woodridge United Methodist Church, our Lead Pastor Rev. Danita Anderson and I are offering a sermon series on racism we call, “Privilege and Promise: This is America.” We are committed to examining the extant racism around us (and in us!) and moving toward being actively antiracist — both as individuals and as …

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“The Past is Prologue”

My sermon on Sunday was based on the Lectionary texts for the week: Exodus 19 and Matthew 9. We've begun reading Exodus in the weekly bible study I facilitate, so that added to the fun. Pastor Danita and I are starting a new monthly series on being antiracist...so there may be some subtext to my …

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