Tuesday, September 3, 2019

"Nothing but Joy"

Here is a sermon on James 1:1-21, one of several I have preached on the same text and by the same title. This one was preached on Memorial Day Sunday, 2016, at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, IN. 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

More relevant than ever

When I wrote this experimental sermon back in 1997, I little expected it would continue to grow more relevant with every passing year, and in recent years, exponentially so.


Someone should write a study guide to go with it, with lessons focussing on (1) the role of grief/weeping in the Christian life, (2) the experience of exile/loss, (3) nonjudgmental listening, (4) pain relief/medication/pharmaceuticals/drugs abuse, (5) music/harp therapy, and (6) the psalms as refuge. That's just off the top of my head, but those six themes sound rather conducive to a Lenten series. 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Waste Not the Fragments: A Commentary for Year D (Advent)

A number of exegetical essays that have been residing here for some time, along with previously unpublished matter, all of it related to texts suggested for Advent, have just been published in the following commentary. Perhaps this Advent is the time to introduce your congregation, Bible study group, or adult Sunday school class to these rich texts, extend their scriptural foundations, and supplement their spiritual diet.

Spread the word!