Do You Not Perceive It?

The following is a sermon I preached for my class – Principalities, Powers, and Preaching – at Duke Divinity School. A reading from Mark 6:14-29 14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’[c] name had become known. Some were[d] saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work […]

Read more "Do You Not Perceive It?"

Sexual Assault & Casting Stones

By now, all of you have heard or read about the Trump Tape. In the wake of Trump’s locker room talk sexual assault, several key figures of the Republican brass have pulled their endorsements (or refused to defend him). However, a few key leaders within the Religious Right have taken a different approach. “We’re all […]

Read more "Sexual Assault & Casting Stones"

Thanksgiving & The Eucharist

Once again Thanksgiving is upon us. Inevitably, the next few days will be spent traveling, visiting family, and eating (if you’re from the south, lots of eating). However, no matter where you are from, I’d like to suggest that eating may be the most important thing you do this week. When we gather around the […]

Read more "Thanksgiving & The Eucharist"

Sermon: The Sins of Ahab

I’ve never used this space for sermons. In fact, its been several months since I’ve used this space at all. So why not use it for a sermon? This is a sermon I delivered for my homiletics class at Duke Divinity. My assigned lectionary texts were: 1 Kings 21:1-10 (11-14) 15-21a Psalm 5:1-8 Galatians 2:15-21 Luke […]

Read more "Sermon: The Sins of Ahab"

Prayers for the People

LEADER: Lord God, the world trembles out of control. The violence builds, some by terrorists, some by greed, some by intolerance, violence on every side. We believe that you, who hovered over the chaos bringing out of it beauty, life, and order, stand in the midst of out-of-control violence as One who is steadfast, loyal, […]

Read more "Prayers for the People"


  Time… We are all given this gift — emperors and paupers, kings and children, ancients and moderns. Time… We may have learned how to measure it, but who can master it? Who can make time obey it’s wishes — multiplying it or accelerating it or slowing it down? Time… With its passing, all will […]

Read more "Time"

Baptismal Calling

Today was a big day. This morning at Frazer UMC, I witnessed the baptism of three children. Following the service, I was approved by our Charge Conference to go before the District Committee on Ordained Ministry (dCOM) as a candidate for ministry. This was a time for me to reflect upon my own baptismal calling […]

Read more "Baptismal Calling"

The Meaning of Christmas

I have a friend who is currently serving as a missionary in Northern India. I spoke to him recently about his time there — particularly about the experience of spending the holiday season in a foreign land. He told me about a church, there, that had a tradition I had never contemplated before. They had […]

Read more "The Meaning of Christmas"