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…

Forsaking Fast Food Faith

A sermon preached at Brookmeade Congregational United Church of Christ Isaiah 55:1-9; Luke 13:1-9 I bring you a tale of two gardeners: my mom and me. One of the great joys of recently living in South Louisiana for three years was gardening with Mom. South Louisiana has a long growing season. That’s a lot of…

No Super Bowl for Me

For the first time ever, l will not be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday. After a lifetime of being a football fan, I have lost interest in the game. Football no longer is a fun diversion for me. I began questioning my love of football in 2010, the year 21-year-old University of Penn football player…