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 past sermons I’ve preached. I hope you enjoy reading them.

In the Image of the Trinity: Trinity Sunday, Year A

What would it feel like to be your truest, fullest self?

I don’t mean that in a glib way, like in a magazine article or an Internet link with a title like “10 Ways to Be Your Best Self Today!” What would it like to be utterly the self you were created to be, and utterly full of God? What would it be like to feel the Holy Spirit at work in you to unblock all your gifts and dissolve away all your stuck places like so many knots out of a stiff muscle?

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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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