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.…

Questions from Suffering: Where Are My Friends?

******** Questions from Suffering series (#2) Job 3:1-10; 4:1-9; 7:11-21 (Luke 17:20-21) A sermon preached on July 10, 2016 for Brookmeade Congregational UCC *********  When last we saw Job . . . Job had a great life with prosperity, status and family — And then Job saw it all die — his sheep, goats, cattle and…

Questions from Suffering: What Just Happened?

******** Questions from Suffering series (#1) Job 1:1-22; Lk. 17:5-6 A sermon preached on July 3, 2016 for Brookmeade Congregational UCC ********* Where were you when the unthinkable happened? When the unbelieveable crashed through your consciousness? The gut-punching life-changer? The life-changing, chronic struggle? That life-event that divides a life into “before that happened” and “since then.”…

Coming Together After the Orlando LGBT Massacre

Beloved Brookmeade Community:  Last Sunday, as I got ready to go to the park for our Nature Sunday worship and picnic, I got some snippet about yet another mass shooting. I confess that my first response was a weary relief that it “might be” “only” 20 people. I assumed that the location — a gay…