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“Proclaim Jubilee” Remarks for Shared Homily

  [I had the privilege of listening to Adam Conley’s sermon at 10:00am before I delivered these remarks for the 5:00pm shared homily. Not only was Adam’s preaching wonderful, as usual, but the two of us explored different aspects of the day’s gospel; Adam from a wider perspective, me with a narrower focus. I think …

January 23, 2022

  [I had the privilege of listening to Adam Conley’s sermon at 10:00am before I delivered these remarks for the 5:00pm shared homily. Not only was Adam’s preaching wonderful, as…


Jesus’ Mission Statement.

Have you ever created a mission statement? I can think of five offhand that I either wrote by myself or produced with a team. I’ve done this in a corporate, non-profit, and church context. In each case, we worked through several iterations before finalizing. And of course, no mission or identity statement is ever final. …

January 23, 2022

Have you ever created a mission statement? I can think of five offhand that I either wrote by myself or produced with a team. I’ve done this in a corporate,…


Second Sunday after the Epiphany: January 16, 2021

The story in today’s gospel reading is perhaps one of Jesus’ more famous miracles. I’ll admit, though, that its familiarity does little to satisfy the questions this peculiar passage raises for me. For instance, how strange it is that a wedding in a small, rural town is the setting for Jesus’ first sign. And what …

January 16, 2022

The story in today’s gospel reading is perhaps one of Jesus’ more famous miracles. I’ll admit, though, that its familiarity does little to satisfy the questions this peculiar passage raises…


The Incarnate Love of God

1Christmas, Yr. C January 2, 2022 Merry Christmas! Well, we are now in the 9th day of the 12 days of Christmastide. And, Christmastide is a time when we tell the story of Immanuel… the story of ‘God with us’ (whose coming we awaited with song(*) at the end of the Mass on the 4th …

January 2, 2022

1Christmas, Yr. C January 2, 2022 Merry Christmas! Well, we are now in the 9th day of the 12 days of Christmastide. And, Christmastide is a time when we tell…


Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

So today we conclude this season celebrating the divine Incarnation in Jesus. A tad over two weeks ago, we began the 12-day time of Christmas culminating in the Feast of the Epiphany three days ago – the Nativity in Bethlehem, the revelation of Jesus to the Magi. And now today we celebrate the Baptism of …

January 9, 2022

So today we conclude this season celebrating the divine Incarnation in Jesus. A tad over two weeks ago, we began the 12-day time of Christmas culminating in the Feast of…


“Making Space for Christmas”

  “And the Word became flesh and lived among us” (John 1:14). One of the most crucial sentences in all of Scripture. Expressing the heart of our faith. Like me, you may have learned it in the language of an older translation: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (King James version). …

December 26, 2021

  “And the Word became flesh and lived among us” (John 1:14). One of the most crucial sentences in all of Scripture. Expressing the heart of our faith. Like me,…


Christmas Day – Feast of the Nativity

Every Christmas Day for the entirety of my childhood went like this: Wake up early, wolf down mom’s Norwegian pancakes (nothing Swedish in our house), tear through the presents under the tree with my sister, hop in the car and race down the Interstate from Seattle to Portland. The objective was to arrive at Auntie …

December 25, 2021

Every Christmas Day for the entirety of my childhood went like this: Wake up early, wolf down mom’s Norwegian pancakes (nothing Swedish in our house), tear through the presents under…


The Fullness of Time

Four Sundays ago, Mark Taylor preached the first sermon of Advent.[1] He spoke about time as one of the season’s themes and suggested that Advent time was a kind of time that we carry in our bodies, characterized by “quality” and “fullness” rather than “quantity” and the ticking of a clock. We were invited to …

December 24, 2021

Four Sundays ago, Mark Taylor preached the first sermon of Advent.[1] He spoke about time as one of the season’s themes and suggested that Advent time was a kind of…


Advent IV

“In those days, Mary set out and went with haste…” These are the words that open our Gospel reading today, which clearly queue up the question, “In which days?” We are, evidently, not starting at the beginning of the story in which Mary sets out with haste. Earlier, Luke began his account of the “events …

December 19, 2021

“In those days, Mary set out and went with haste…” These are the words that open our Gospel reading today, which clearly queue up the question, “In which days?” We…


Rejoice in the Lord

“Rejoice in the Lord always,” “let your gentleness be known to everyone,” “do not be anxious about anything, but pray.” Joy, gentleness, and peace – these are dispositions and qualities that most would agree are important in human relationship. And while it’s true that Christians are not the only ones to value such dispositions and …

December 12, 2021

“Rejoice in the Lord always,” “let your gentleness be known to everyone,” “do not be anxious about anything, but pray.” Joy, gentleness, and peace – these are dispositions and qualities…