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 on Love

David and Absalom

David retreats and immediately mourns the death of his son, no longer calling him the young man Absalom, but “Absalom, my son.” It would appear that David’s life is a complete and utter mess. What are we to make of this tragic story?

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.

“Roots in Love”

LGBTQ movements are radically pointing followers of Jesus back to the heart of our tradition… Our faith calls us to love, “for God is love and those who abide in love abide in God and God in them.”

Family Values

We say things like “children of God” or “we’re like a family here.” But because we say those words so often, I think their meaning gets lost or diluted sometimes. So what does it mean to be a child of God? What does it mean to be the family of God?

Choosing to Love

How many songs, poems, books, and works of art are devoted to love, inspired by it’s ecstatic heights and haunted by its absence? It’s a fundamental human need to give and receive it, but why are we so bad at it? The author bell hooks wrote: “Everywhere we learn that love is important, yet we are bombarded by its failure.”

The Shepherd’s Other Sheep

When we put ourselves at the center, we tend to view other creatures and the land as existing for our benefit alone… We’d be here way past lunch today if we catalogued all the ways our inherent belief that we are the only objects of the Shepherd’s love and care plays out.

A Tale of Two Marches

The first Palm Sunday was a political demonstration—not partisan—but political, as in dealing with the polis, or the community… In those two marches, Pilate’s and Jesus’, there was a stark contrast between the love of power and the power of love.

There’s power in a name

In our dominant American culture, names tend to say more about our family ties or what our parents found pleasant-sounding around the time of our birth. But in other cultures, names say something about one’s character and destiny. This is especially the case in the cultures of the Bible.

Casting out Demons

A stronger sense of community is how Jesus, whose Spirit is still alive among us, casts those “demons”‘ out. When people are seen, heard, valued, listened to—in a word, loved—that’s when those spirits that speak self-doubt, isolation, and hopelessness are cast out.

Beloved

If we are to pursue the beloved community, in which love is the “law of the land,” or the law of our neighborhoods, our schools, our churches, or even our own families and friend circles, we have to be grounded in our own belovedness.