Jesus Christ calls us to be a joyful community that celebrates God's love, transforms lives, and is a force for justice in the world.

Sermons by Bailey Pickens

Trinity Sunday

Good morning! Let’s start out with a show of hands. You can close your eyes if you’re more comfortable that way. Could you, reasonably confidently, give a working definition of heresy? … Okay. And, significantly: would you care if something were a heresy? What I really want to talk about today is mystery, and I’ve been having a really hard time figuring…

Luke 6:17-38

There was an article in the New York Times Magazine this week about people who are wealthy, successful, and miserable. The title was “America’s Professional Elite: Wealthy, Successful, and Miserable.” The summary said: He makes 1.2 million dollars a year. He’s unhappy because his work feels meaningless. He can’t take a pay cut because he feels locked into the lifestyle. He’s one…

Enough

Everything Jesus does is meant to show something. No vain displays of power, no ad-hoc interactions with nothing behind them. Each miracle is a sign. Pointing to what?

Rest Awhile

What a lovely story, we might think, about how Jesus cared for these simple people, who didn’t have any idea what to do. “Sheep without a shepherd” sounds like a gentle way to call them all kind of dumb. It’s not.