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…

Questions from Suffering: “Whose Fault is it?”

******* Questions from Suffering series (#3) Job 14:7-15; 19:23-27; John 12:24 A Sermon preached July 17, 2016 for Brookmeade Congregational Church UCC ******* This weekend, there was tragic news from an amusement park in Pennsylvania. An 8 year old boy drowned in some shallow water there. When I see that news, my heart goes out to his family.…