Sermons

Driven into the Wilderness

It was almost exactly a year ago, on the first Sunday of Lent, that I unwittingly preached a sermon about entering into a “40-day wilderness journey.” Little did I know, we were about to embark on a desert experience on a scale like we’ve never seen in our lifetime.

Sermon • January 28, 2021

As we’re spread abroad due to social distancing guidelines, we can feel distant and disconnected at times, but Paul reminds us that we are created for a purpose and that we are connected as members of Christ.

Sermon • January 17, 2021

There was a government official who was pacing around late at night. He was anxious about upcoming events. The year was 1653, and Bulstrode Whitelock was being sent to Sweden as an ambassador of England. His own country had just survived a civil war, and England had executed its own king, Charles I, only a few years earlier.

Saying Yes

Ever since I was a little girl, Mary has captured my spiritual imagination. Mary was the one God chose to bear his Son. And Mary was the one who said Yes.

Joseph and the Grace of Redemption

Before moving up here last summer, I lived across the street from an art gallery in Hattiesburg, MS, and one day while walking around the neighborhood, I saw some unfamiliar art in the window. I went inside, and I learned that it was a Japanese form of art called Kintsugi, and it’s a remarkable method of repair…

Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of Christ

In Romans, St. Paul personifies God’s hidden action during times of transition as a woman in labor.

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now, and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait.”

Reflecting on the birth image, last Sunday we pondered what God might be laboring to birth in the midst of this worldwide pandemic and civil and political unrest.

Groaning with Hope in the In-Between Time

Today’s passages from Romans and the Psalms paint some of the most earthy, intimate, and reassuring images of God. They evoke the myriad, mixed emotions of a woman in labor – one of the most challenging, and most rewarding, experiences in life.