A sermon text isn’t exactly a sermon–a sermon is an event. It takes place once, in a particular place and time, among a particular group of people. But still, here are some texts of sermons I’ve preached. I hope you enjoy reading them.


You can also hear some audio recordings of sermons I preached at All Souls, Berkeley, here.

Bring Your Gifts: Epiphany

They brought him gifts: these sages–these Persian stargazers–these Zoroastrian seekers after God. They followed a mystic light from heaven, and they came to a humble house. And they opened their chests and brought forth their treasures, rich gifts laden with hope and expectation: Gold. Incense. Myrrh.

What have you come to give him? What do you bring with you, tonight, hidden in the treasure chest of your deep and mysterious soul?

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The Invasive Kingdom: Proper 12, Year A

Last weekend I was at a family wedding in South Carolina. As soon as I stepped out of the airport I was struck by the climate, by the overall feeling of things: the heat. The humidity. The chirping crickets. And all around, the green, green, green. So different from the golds and greens of our California hills and evergreen forests: there it was deciduous trees, and vines growing on the deciduous trees, and more vines growing on those vines. Driving down the freeway was like being in a tunnel between two walls of solid vegetation. So much of that, of course, is thanks to just one plant: kudzu.

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Proper 17, Year A: A Stone to Make Them Stumble

There’s something captivating about a rock. It compels the human spirit to climb: magnificent in its solidity and permanence, like Gibraltar or Everest. In this particular case the rocks were only two or three feet high at the most, but for me—a three-year-old smaller than your average Canada goose—they were mighty and worthy of conquest.

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