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

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.

Small Things

This, to the world-at-large, wasn’t big news at all. It was a small, insignificant thing, not even a blip on the radar to anybody who was somebody. Status quo, at best… and yet, the One who hung the stars was born of a woman and swaddled in cloth.

Reclaiming Mary – Favor

As someone who was young, poor, and illiterate, Mary was not among the affluent or at the center of power, but lived in a village in the backwaters of the Roman Empire. This is who God honors—the least, the marginalized, the vulnerable. This is where God locates God’s self.