Monthly Archives: March 2017

Seeing God in the Mud

We are now well into the season of Lent and our Gospel readings from John have invited us to appreciate our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit by listening to our God-given breath (which is also God’s life-giving spirit … Continue reading

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Quenching Our Deepest Thirst

During this season of Lent, we have started reading and experiencing portions of the Fourth Gospel through the five bodily senses. Last week, Jesus’s conversation with Nicodemus in John 3 invited us to appreciate our auditory sense by listening to … Continue reading

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Listening to the Wind

In today’s Gospel, we witness an encounter between Jesus and a Pharisee named Nicodemus who approaches Jesus rather clandestinely at night. Throughout the conversation, Jesus tries to guide and pull Nicodemus out of his narrow worldview in order to hear … Continue reading

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Patience and Presence

For the last several years, I have had the privilege to teach at the Episcopal School for Deacons in Berkeley, where our deacon today, the Rev. Rebecca Morehouse, worked for many years and from which she has recently retired (or … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday Sermon: Practicing Deification for Lent

Whenever I preach on Ash Wednesday, I like to highlight the apparent incongruity built into the service, in which we hear Jesus tell us, “Whenever you’re being pious, don’t make a show of it” and then we proceed to put … Continue reading

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“The Cloud his Bow, the Fire his Spear”

  Readings for the Last Sunday after Epiphany: Exodus 24:12-18 Psalm 99 2 Peter 1:16-21 Matthew 17:1-9 This sermon was preached at the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Novato CA on February 26, 2017. Tomorrow is the feast day of the seventeenth century … Continue reading

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