Tag: fear

Do Not Be Afraid

Last week, we found Jesus preaching in his hometown synagogue in Nazareth. I don’t know if you’d call it a success or not. On the one hand, it seemed like everyone got his point; on the other hand, they responded by trying to throw him off a cliff. They wanted him to inspire the hometown crowd. Instead he spoke as…

Community of Integrity

One thing I ask from the Lord,     this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord     all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord     and to seek him in his temple. -from Psalm 27 Before I really get started on this sermon about integrity, let me note two…

Take Courage, Part Two

{Given at Wilmington Yearly Meetings 2014 sessions} Listen, Friends, while I tell you a story. It’s not the story of Jesus and Peter and the Sea of Galilee, not quite yet. This is an older story, much more ancient. It’s the story you have to know in order to make sense of the boat in Galilee’s storm. Listen, Friends, while…

Take Courage, Part One

{Given at Wilmington Yearly Meetings 2014 sessions} Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to…

Endings and Beginnings

You don’t have to be a preacher, to let people read grace in your life. This week, Craig and I spent some time undecorating this space. It felt a little weird to be undoing all the work that our family and friends had done- untying the pennants, taking down the paper lanterns, moving the cranes into my office. Speaking of…

A Cup Of Kindness

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing thing you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something. So that’s my wish for you, and for all of us, and…