Biblical Break Up Songs

Sermon for Sunday, July 17, 2016
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Amos 8:1-12

adele-2015-close-up-xl_columbia-billboard-650We heard several great readings this morning!  In Luke we heard the well-known story of Mary and Martha.  In Colossians we heard the famous hymn with its theologically–significant line:  “In him the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.”  But today I want to focus on the passage from Amos.

But I don’t want to begin with the passage from Amos.  Rather, I want to begin with Adele’s list of her favorite break-up songs, a list revealed last month.  There are six. Continue reading


Grief, Loss and Resurrection in Ezekiel

Sermon for Sunday, April 6, 2014
Lent 5A

Ezekiel 37:1-14


In addition to having a lot to offer us, I think Ezekiel is a fan of Sarah McLachlan.  Ezekiel has a lot to offer us because, as can happen to us, Ezekiel loved something – LOVED it – and had it taken away from him, and his story reminds us of how God works new life even in the midst of loss.  What Ezekiel loved – and what was taken away from him – was the Temple.   Ezekiel was a priest who loved the temple – I mean, LOVED the temple.  Ezekiel loved it’s buildings, its rituals, its priestly class, its place in Hebrew society, the order and meaning it brought to life.  Ezekiel LOVED the temple… and then God took it away from him.  When the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem in the 6th-century BC, Ezekiel was carried away into exile into Babylon and not long thereafter the Temple was destroyed. Continue reading