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June 24, 2019

A homily on 1 Kings 19:1-15a and Luke 8:26-39, first delivered at the Village Life gathering on Saturday, June 22, 2019.

“What are you doing here?”

These five words comprise the oracle Elijah received from the Lord.

I wonder if he found it satisfying?

It seems likely he ho...

May 21, 2019

Homily for Easter Three, May 4, 2019

John 21:1-14; Acts 9:1-20


Jesus breaks into routines and transforms lives.

As a boy, I would sometimes visit my grandfather in the summer. Early in life, he owned Seattle’s Maple Leaf grocery store, and he and my grandmother settled o...

April 2, 2019

Homily for Soup & Bread, March 23, 2019

Luke 13:1-9

The ridiculous deposit of snow at our house—two feet plus—has finally melted. Then Spring arrived with eighty-degree temperatures. Boy, were we ready! We got back Sunday from a soul-filling weekend on Lopez Island with...

February 5, 2019

Homily for Soup & Bread, February 2, 2019

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Luke 2:22-40

I was born a lapsed Presbyterian.

Then I found Jesus at a spirit-infused Baptist revival. I took my first steps of faith with Methodists enamored with the Pentecostal gifts; soaked...

January 13, 2019

Here we are: We have been called into worship by Isaiah beckoning us to “arise and shine,” even in the midst of dark times, with radiant hearts swelling with joy. We have joined the Psalmist in prayer for leaders who care for the afflicted and needy and outcasts—bringi...

December 8, 2018

Homily for Soup & Bread, December 1, 2018,

First Service in Advent

Luke 21:25-36

I have to admit I was a little terrified when I realized I would be preaching on this passage from Luke 21. That is the beauty of following the lectionary: we have to deal with passages we mi...

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