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The rhythm of prayer

Thursday in the First Week of Lent – February 22, 2013 – Matthew 7:7-12 You can watch me preach the sermon here.  Ask. Search. Knock. Ask— and it will be given you; search— and you will find; knock— and the door will be opened for you.  Everyone who asks receives, everyone who searches finds, and everyone who knocks finds an open door. Ask. … Continue reading The rhythm of prayer

Eulogy for Grandma Swenson

In loving memory of Ilah Swenson, 1924-2018.  --------- My grandmother called everyone, “honey.” Wait staff, sales people, grocery store clerks, booking agents, teachers, preachers, me, and probably you. “Well, hello there, honey.” “Oh, honey, that’s all right.” Growing up, I realized the uniqueness of my grandmother’s penchant for this pet name. I’d never heard anyone else use it like that before. It seemed kind of intimate for just anyone. “Did … Continue reading Eulogy for Grandma Swenson

There is a promise

The 17th Sunday After Pentecost - October 1, 2017 - Matthew 21:23-32 I preached this sermon at St. John's parish in Decatur, AL where I am doing field work in preparation for graduation and ordination. You can listen to me preach this sermon by clicking here. Today’s gospel comes from the beginning of the Holy Week narrative. Jesus rides … Continue reading There is a promise

Eve of Michael and All Angels

September 28, 2017 - Eve of Michael and All Angels - Genesis 28:10-17, Revelation 12:7-12, John 1:47-51 I preached this sermon last night at The School of Theology's Community Eucharist. You can watch me preach the sermon by clicking here. There is something poetic about angels. They are abstract, not easily explained, and depicted in … Continue reading Eve of Michael and All Angels