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Calvin – of the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon – had a big upside down cardboard box he called the “transmogrifier.” Calvin used the transmogrifier to turn himself and Hobbes into a wide variety of creatures. Set the dial to the desired new thing you wanted to become (i.e. write it […]

Sermon: Revealed


A number of years ago, Massachusetts General Hospital – one of the great teaching hospitals in the United States – did an experimental program that received a lot of national attention. In fact, it was the subject of an ABC 20/20 segment. The experiment was organized and orchestrated by the […]

Sermon: Everyone Is Searching


Every preacher’s favorite Flannery O’Connor story is one called “Revelation.” The Reader’s Digest version goes like this: “Ruby Turpin sat in a crowded doctor’s waiting room. As she evaluated herself on the social ladder, Ruby always came out more than a notch above everybody else—particularly that scowling teenage girl seated […]

Sermon: Afflicted



And then there’s the story about the old miser who wanted to be buried with his money; hoarded every red cent he ever made. Even though he was a multimillionaire, he never even spent any money on his wife: never bought her anything or took her anywhere. In fact, he […]

Sermon: Stewards of Joy


The late Fred Craddock told the following story: “It is not with the blink of the eye that a thirty-something year old will say to me, “Let’s see now, was it next Sunday that my daughter was going to be baptized?” I said, “Yeah, next Sunday.” “Well . . . […]

Sermon: CHOOSING FAITH




Several years ago, one of my parishioners gave me a wonderful little book called: The Gospel According to Peanuts. In one cartoon, Charlie Brown is sitting under a tree talking to Peppermint Patty, who asks him, “What do you think security is, Chuck?” Charlie Brown thinks about it a moment […]

Sermon: The New Normal



The question we are left with today is: Are you envious because I am generous? And if we are honest with ourselves, the answer has to be: Yes. Yes I am. Come on, you can’t say you’ve never been envious of another person; their success, their accomplishments, their talents, their […]

Sermon: No Playing Favorites