Monthly Archives: May 2019


Lots of churches, these days like to put a message or pithy saying on the sign out front to catch the eye of people passing by. You know the kind:             Like the sign in front of a Baptist church on a midsummer day in Wichita, Kansas that said: “You […]

Sermon: Sign of the Times


A number of years ago, late one Saturday morning, I received a phone from one of the parishioners of the church I was serving in Cleveland, Ohio. It was Karen, a young mother of four small children, and she was just beside herself. She told me that her youngest child, […]

Sermon: In The Shepherds Fold


The Gospel of John is a bit quirky; it doesn’t just end once. It has two endings. The first ending is chapter 20 – which we read last week – with the final scene describing a resurrected Jesus appearing to Thomas and company in a locked room. The story then […]

Sermon: P. S. I Love You



Easter is over. The banners have been taken down. The lilies have all been distributed and the crowds have all gone home. So, now what? The month of May falls into that `in-between’ time that resides in the hyphenated space between Jesus’ resurrection and his ascension. In our Christian tradition, […]

Pastor’s Journal – May