Resurrected Hope

I spent last weekend in the parish of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Salisbury, N.C.  Father Robert Black organized a wonderful weekend in which we discussed issues of the church and community and racism.  Then I preached on the assigned gospel for Sunday.  You can listen to the sermon at St Luke’s HERE or through my podcast in your favorite media player.


A Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Without question, worship is countercultural. The very fact that God continues to gather together a group of people for purpose of worship, for acts of praise and confession and forgiveness and thanksgiving, is peculiar and peculiarly this God.

Here is a sermon I offer to you for this Sunday, on Psalm 111, at A Sermon for Every Sunday, reflecting on that idea!


The Unchosen Vocation

I shared some more thoughts on this peculiar vocation, in many ways an unchosen vocation, with Plough magazine. Enjoy!

“Vocation is not evoked by your bundle of need and desire. Vocation is what God wants from you whereby your life is transformed into a consequence of God’s redemption of the world. Look no further than Jesus’s disciples – remarkably mediocre, untalented, lackluster yokels – to see that innate talent or inner yearning has less to do with vocation than God’s thing for redeeming lives by assigning us something to do for God.”