A Hollywood funeral starts with an establishing shot of a cemetery. It’s probably raining. There’s soft, depressing music. And if soldiers aren’t solemnly putting a flag over a hero’s coffin, there’s definitely an older gentleman in priestly garb, and he only has to say one line before his voice goes quiet so we can hear […]

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April 11, 2020 – An Easter Message

Rev. Jamie wanted to give me an opportunity to preach an Easter message even though we aren’t celebrating the entire Easter Vigil, so here goes. When I was in high school, I went on something called the St. George Trek, sponsored by the Catholic Committee on Scouting. It was a bit of a pilgrimage. A […]

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April 10, 2020 – GOD ON STRIKE

In his poem “If God Should Go On Strike,” Walt Huntley thanks the Lord that God has never stopped being God and shut off the sun, or the moon, or the oxygen. He concludes: Men say they want a better deal, and so on strike they go, But what a deal we’ve given God to […]

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March 3, 2019 Twilight of the Idols

Focus: In Christ, we find a new identity, our true identity. We must be ready to see with Christian eyes and love with Christian hearts. We must be ready to participate in what Jesus Christ is doing in the world—to live out the Christian drama. This may require us to let go of, and even […]

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February 3, 2019 Nice Is Not Enough

Writing a sermon seems pretty easy. Modern American life is so violent, so brutal, so inhuman—as anyone who has watched the news, driven on the beltway, or dealt with automated customer service can tell you. Simply keeping it together is a daily task, and an act of kindness can appear as a kind of revolution. […]

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