In 1996 I bought my first copy of _Good Omens_ by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and I have read it at least once a year for 23 years. Finally, after 8 years of ordained ministry, I have used this fantastic story as a significant part of a sermon. A sermon for the 20th Sunday … Continue reading A pharisee, a tax collector, and my favorite book
On October 24, 2019, I was invited to give the closing remarks at Greater Birmingham Ministries Summit - VisionQuest2020: Where do we go from here? This was the concluding event of GBM's observance of its 50th anniversary. The day began with remarks from Scott Douglas, GBM executive director, and Rabbi Jonathan Miller, Rabbi Emeritus of … Continue reading GBM Summit – VisionQuest2020
I have never shepherded sheep, but for ten years I had the job of keeping up with Frankie (as well as taking care of two other dogs and a cat). So Frankie and her tendency to run came to mind when reading the parable of the Lost Sheep. Today marks one year since I … Continue reading The risky choice
Why is Jesus telling us where we should sit at a party and who should be invited? There is a lot more going on than table manners. This morning I had the chance to be with the good folks at St. Mark's in Birmingham, and offer a sermon on the 12th Sunday after Pentecost. Readings: … Continue reading How would Jesus host a dinner party?
"If our country is ever to be healed, we have got to start telling the truth, and for white folks especially, we have got to let go of the myths that comfort us into complacency.... And we must make sure that the stories (big and small) we tell are more truth, even if painful, than fiction."