Questions from Suffering: Is Resurrection Real?

******* Questions from Suffering series (#6) Job 42:7-17; Luke 6:20-23 A sermon preached August 7, 2016 for Brookmeade Congregational UCC ******* We finally get to the ending of the story of Job. It’s a story that began with a wager of sorts between God and the taunting Accuser about a certain man: Job. Job was the…

Questions from Suffering: Can You Hear Me Now?

******* Questions from Suffering Series (#5) Job 38:25-27, 41:1-8, 42:1-6; Matthew 7:7-8 A sermon preached July 31, 2016 for Brookmeade Congregational UCC ********* Let’s begin with a game called “Famous Questions in Advertising”: Does she . . . Or doesn’t she? (Clairol) How do you spell relief? (R-o-l-a-i-d-s) Aren’t you glad you use ___? (Dial)…

Book Review: Ruined

My review of Ruined, a memoir authored by Ruth Everhart “It happened . . .” With those two words, Ruth Everhart launches the story of the horrific “it” that happened to her — a night of violence, sexual assault and fear that challenged her faith and upended her imagined future. She invites the reader into…

Questions from Suffering: Why is God Silent?

******* Questions from Suffering series (#4) Job 31:35-37, 38:1-11 A sermon preached on July 24, 2016 for Brookmeade Congregational UCC ******* Once upon a time, a few years ago, I decided to go to seminary. That story began with my certain belief that I wasn’t going to seminary to become a pastor. Indeed, when I…