(Author’s note: Early last Saturday morning, September 30th, my 40-year-old nephew, Ryan Bagley, was shot and killed at work by an intruder who stole his car, parked it in the middle of Interstate 5 near the Oregon-California border, and then proceeded to shoot at oncoming cars. The driver of one of those cars lost control … More Celebrating the “Wild and Precious Life” of Ryan Paul Bagley
(A sermon for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost A 2017, August 13, 2017, based on Matthew 14:22-33 and 1 Kings 19:9-18) This week hatred and its hideous cousin, fear, reared their ugly heads once again. They showed up with all their usual terrifying baggage: tweets and taunts and threats, as they strutted across … More Love Casts Out Fear and Conquers Hate
(Sermon for the Resurrection of Our Lord, 16 April 2017, based on Matthew 28:1-10. Apologies for the lateness in posting!–MM) Christ is risen! [“He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!…] This is no harmless message we proclaim because in this often-heartless world we live in “harmless” just won’t cut it!… “Harmless” won’t cut through the…hard-heartedness of modern … More Christ is Alive!
(Sermon for the Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany A, based on Matthew 5:1-12, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Micah 6:6-8) I’ll never forget the day about twenty years ago, when I was on my seminary internship, and my supervisor said to me, “For every pastor there comes a time when you have to decide, ‘What … More The Power of the Cross
(Sermon for Sunday, January 1, 2017, “The Name of Jesus,” based on Luke 2:15-21) It’s been kind of a rough week for our family. My 93-year-old mother went into the hospital Monday afternoon and ended up spending two days there. She was unable to eat or drink anything, because her esophagus had constricted and … More Unwrapping God’s Gift