My Brother’s Keeper

Genesis 4:1-16 (NRSV) Of all the passages of the Bible I’ve talked about over the years, Cain and Able is one story I haven’t spent a lot of time on. It’s not hard to see why. The story is pretty troubling isn’t it. Able was a shepherd. Cain was a farmer. They went...

Weaving the Fabric of Life

Ephesians 4:11-16 (NRSV) If you’ve read the Stewardship letter we sent out a couple of weeks ago, you’ll already know that, back in February, I happened across an article in the New York Times by David Brooks. The article was called “A Nation of Weavers.” From the...

Telling the Story

I love to tell the story for those who know it best, Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest. And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song, ‘twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long. –“I Love to Tell the Story” –Words...

Dishonest Steward or Shrewd Manager

Luke 16:1-13 (NRSV) I don’t know about you, but this is the most confusing parable that I have read.  I could have chosen a different scripture to preach on, but when I read a comment from a minister who recommended avoiding this scripture, I was taken back to my...

Getting Lost

Luke 15:3-10 (NRSV) In the introduction to Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, “An Altar in the World,” she tells about a time when she was invited by a “wise old priest” to come and talk with his congregation. When she asked him, “What do you want me to talk about,” he...