Sermons 2015-2016

  • A New Way of Knowing God 08/30/2015 I was splitting wood yesterday. I had several trees taken down last year that I had cut and stacked for the winter.
  • Letting Ego Go 10/18/2015 Once, two friends named Mussa and Nagib made a journey through the mountains of Persia on camel back.
  • Grace and Expectation 12/06/2015 I built a small door this week. Delightfully, it is not what you would expect from a door – it is too small to walk through. But it is exactly the size I need for the show. My wife and I are doing a radio play with our homeschool theater group.
  • Saint Lucia 12/13/2015 Today, December 13th, is the feast day for Saint Lucy, or Lucia as we would know her.
  • Black Lives Still Matter 01/17/2016 King called for a “radical revolution of values if our country was to survive. He warned against the ‘giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism. I consider the way things are playing out today in our country and shudder at his prophetic warning.
  • Joys and Sorrows Inside Out 02/07/2016 Loss and grief hang within the cusp of every new moment and burgeoning joy of life. In the first line of Robert Frost’s poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” he tells us that “Nature’s first green is gold.”
  • God is Love: A Humanist Universalism 02/14/2016 Bill’s poem reminds me of an old story about Rev. Gordon McKeeman from when he was president of Starr King Seminary in California in the mid 80’s.
  • Longing for Leap Day 02/28/2016 What if Leap Day really were a free day on the calendar? What might it be like to wake up tomorrow, February 29th, to discover it wasn’t Monday?
  • Until All Shall Be Free (video available) 03/20/2016 Rosa Parks did not stay in her seat because her feet were tired. She refused to move to the back of the bus for the express purpose of launching the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
  • Jewels from the Dragon’s Jaw 04/10/2016 Each of us has dragons we must face in life.
  • Earth: Creation Exchange (video available) 04/17/2016 The reading by Brian Swimme this morning is in response to a question from a youth: “How can I learn about my creativity?” Swimme then talks about galaxies and elementary particles. The universe itself is an enormous act of creativity.
  • Charity and Self-Sufficiency 05/08/2016 I’ve told the story before of saving babies in the river. In the story, two people notice a baby floating down the river so they jump in to rescue it.
  • Rod Serling Day – 2 (video available) 05/15/2016 Every famous person is born somewhere. Susan B. Anthony, Millard Fillmore, Béla Bartók , and Paul Newman each have hometowns and special locations that claim them. In Binghamton we get to claim Rod Serling.