Called By God

Second Sunday After Epiphany Isaiah 49:1-7 In 1951, Montage of a Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes was published with one of his most well-known poems entitled “Harlem.” It goes like this: What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or...

Being Fully Aligned

Baptism of the Lord Isaiah 42:1-9 Matthew 3:13-17 Yesterday afternoon, I met some friends across town for the 4:30 showing of the movie Just Mercy. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s one of those movies that leave you a little happy and a little sad...

Going Home by Another Way

Epiphany of Our Lord Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 In these past few days since we celebrated the birth of our Savior and entered a new year and a new decade, our city and nation have become on heightened alert and tensions are rising. News headlines have been flooded...

The Christmas Spirit

First Sunday After Christmas Matthew 2:13-23 We find ourselves on the fifth day of Christmas, and it seems that the glamour of the holiday season is beginning to fade a little bit. We made the decision to keep all of our decorations up for another week, but you can...

A Righteous Man

Fourth Sunday of Advent Isaiah 7:10-16 Matthew 1:18-25 What does healthy masculinity look like in our culture today? What are the images that we hold onto in the wake of the necessary #MeToo Movement and the ongoing imbalance of power between men and women? In some...

A Song and a Prayer

Third Sunday of Advent Isaiah 35:1-10 Luke 1:46b-55 Long long ago shone a star far above the mountains Three mighty kings wandered far ‘cross the dessert sand All that they had was their faith in that star to guide them Journeying through such a strange unfamiliar...