Inspiring Scripture

Listen to an audio recording of this sermon — click here “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so … More

The Great American Chasm

Sep 25, 2016   ·     •   Luke 16:19-31

Listen to an audio recording of this sermon — click here Did you all see that yesterday? The opening of the new Museum of African American History and Culture? I wasn’t … More

Fearless, Shameless Table Manners

Aug 28, 2016   ·     •   Luke 14: 1, 7-14

A really awkward dinner party is where Luke sets the action for this week’s gospel. Really awkward, like that Thanksgiving when your cousin said something really racist and your uncle … More

Christians as Authors of Fan Fiction

Aug 21, 2016   ·     •   Luke 13: 10-17

“And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done.” (Genesis 2:2) … More

Blessings in a Dead End World

There are only two times we read from the Book of Ecclesiastes in our lectionary cycle – this day and on New Year’s Day. The New Year’s Day reading is … More

Why Community?

Jul 24, 2016   ·     •   Genesis 18: 20-32

From time to time, when I’m out and about in the world, I inevitably run into people who I know from St. Mark’s. If I haven’t seen them lately, they … More

Won’t You Be a Neighbor?

Jul 10, 2016   ·     •   Luke 10: 25-37

Yesterday was my grandmother’s 96th birthday. Her name is Blanche Juanita. Like me she has a useless first name and goes by her middle name. And that is usually shortened … More

Sermon — Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Jul 03, 2016   ·     •   Matthew 5: 43-48

In recent years, I have changed my attitude toward the 4th of July. Instead of regarding the holiday as simply a day off and a party, my attitude has deepened. … More

But the Church Has Nowhere to Lay Its Head

Jun 26, 2016   ·     •   Luke 9:51-62

One of the perks of being an English teacher in China was that my students who were from all over the Guangdong province would invite me to their homes. At … More

The Courage to Tell Our Story

Jun 12, 2016   ·     •   Luke 7:36-8:3

When my big sister was a little girl – this was a long, long time ago – my mother would read her story books. And because my mother wanted my … More

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