Works Cited: Bishop Craig Satterlee, “Commentary on Luke 2:1-14 [15-20],” Working Preacher from Luther Seminary, December 24, 2012. You can read this article here. Raymond E. Brown, An Introduction to the New Testament, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010), pp. 225-278.
Works Cited: The “Cestello Annunciation” is by Sandro Botticelli from 1489. You can read about it and view it here. Information about Mary’s Song being banned in Guatemala in 1980 comes from John Ortberg who cites New Testament Scholar Scott McKnight’s research in the article, “Mary’s Carol,” published in The Christian Century, December 15, 2009. This article […]
The prayer from the Jewish Tradition shared in this message is the Modeh Ani, a prayer many Jewish people recite upon waking and before getting out of bed. Many thanks to my friend Jo for sharing this prayer practice with me, and for her permission to share with you.
Works Cited Today: That great lobster image comes from Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight J Friesen, The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community, (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2014), pp. 117-118. Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber’s remarks on the apocalypse come from Nadia Bolz-Weber, “We’re in the Midst of an apocalypse. And that’s a good thing,” […]
We lost a dear leader in our church family yesterday, and we came together this morning grieving Chris’s passing, and the passing of too many we’ve loved in this last year. This is a sermon written for that context. Works Cited: Jenny Boylan’s remarks that “God is love, but isn’t it more true to say […]
With thanks to Professor Jenny Boylan for the gift of being her student, and for the deep wisdom she has shared about gender, faith, and identity. She is cited in this sermon from an interview she gave March 31, 2019 at The Riverside Church in NYC for their podcast, A Look Ahead. You can listen to […]
With thanks to Ira Glass for the podcast This American Life, Episode #205: “Plan B.” You can listen to it here.
With thanks to the Rev. Amy Butler for her sermon on Luke 16:19-31 preached at the Craft of Preaching Conference held Oct. 1-3, 2018, at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. Greg Jarrell, “Standing as loving accomplices on a front porch surrounded by police,” Baptist News Global, September 21, 2016. David Lose, “Pentecost 19C: Eternal Life Now,” In the Meantime, September 24, […]
Works Cited: The line about love’s obituary scrolled in tears across your sheets is from one of my favorite poets, Andrea Gibson, in their poem titled “Dive.”