Sunday, August 7, 2022

Follow the Recipe


One never knows what will inspire the preacher.   The writer of Hebrews talks about faith and Bill Burr talks about baking on YouTube's Hot Ones.   There are some comparisons.


Bill Burr on Hot Ones.  Image uploaded to Facebook by All Things Comedy on November 18, 2018.

Sunday, July 31, 2022



One of those days when I really was not sure what I was going to preach about.   I call those days "flying by the seat of the Holy Spirit".   When the sermon works, I cannot take any credit, so I just give a prayer of thanks.

You can hear the sermon here.


Cain slaying Abel, c. 1609  by Peter Paul Rubens. The image is public domain and was found at

The Cain & Abel story was not one of the readings.   If you want to familiarize yourself in it, it's in Genesis 4. 

Sunday, July 24, 2022

There ARE Better Ways to Pray!


We do we struggle with our prayers?   Our Lord told us how to pray.   Because the Lord's Prayer we use in worship is a combination of the version found in Luke and Matthew with a doxology added on early in the Christian Tradition, this sermon morphed into a sermon on that rather than the text only from Luke.   

That's okay with me.


The Lord’s Prayer, c. 1890 by James Tissot, The Brooklyn Museum has the original in its collection and declares the image to be public domain. The image was found at

Sunday, July 17, 2022

"Don't be a Martha" Is NOT the Lesson Here


Poor Martha, she takes a lot of grief from the readers of the story. 

Here is my take on this Luke 10 story.


Christ in the home of Mary and Martha, 1600, by El Greco. Image is public domain and found at

Sunday, July 10, 2022

A Familiar Midrash. "Mid-what?!?"

We missed last week because my recorder ran out of juice.   Here's the most recent:


The Good Samaritan, undated, from Harold Copping in MeisterDrucke. Image is public domain and found at

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize


This was a fun one!  My sermon on Luke 9:51- 62 (recorded) with references to Galatians 5:1, 13-25 and 1 Kings 19: 15-16, 19-21 (not recorded).

I got to make truck sounds from the pulpit! 


Ploughing in Taminadu, 2012, by Thamizhpparithi Maari. Used with permission of Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0. Image found at

Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Dreaded "E" Word (Not Exorcism)


Here is a link to my June 19 sermon audio.


Exorcism of the Gerasene, 2016 by Sant'Apollinare Nuov-Ravenna.  Used with permission of Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0.  Image found at