Sermon for Serve Indy: “Live the Resurrection”

Sermon, “Live the Resurrection”, April 23rd, 2017 I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration last weekend! Did you know that today is still Easter? We celebrate what’s known as Eastertide, the season of 50 days between Easter Sunday and the 50th day, known as Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles. So, today, one week later, we still proclaim: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Now I wonder, how do we live that proclamation? Or do we? I ask this question, because what we believe should make a direct … Continue reading Sermon for Serve Indy: “Live the Resurrection”

Easter Vigil Meditation: Anticipation

Easter Vigil Meditation: “Anticipation”    The great preacher, the late Rev. Fred Craddock, once said that anticipation is one of faith’s greatest gifts. Tonight is a night of anticipation, as we know what was discovered on Easter morning. Holy Saturday marks the movement of Jesus from death to resurrection life. According to Scripture, when the women arrive at the tomb Jesus had already been raised and the entrance of the tomb had been opened. So tonight we sit in this anticipation, no longer in Good Friday, but not quite Easter morning. Jesus is mysteriously being raised and we proclaim it … Continue reading Easter Vigil Meditation: Anticipation

Holy Week: What do we do with suffering?

It’s the age old question: why is there suffering? It’s hard to ignore what is going on in the world around us. As we continue deeper into Holy Week, we see more images of people suffering in Syria and in all of the refugee camps in Jordan, Turkey, and throughout the Middle East. We read about the famine in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Yemen. Even here at home there are countless stories of lives lost too early, pain, and grief. What do we do with all of this suffering? If this week teaches us anything, it’s that Jesus walked … Continue reading Holy Week: What do we do with suffering?

A Picture of Peace & Hope: For Syria, For Indy

Those are his shoes, his wet hair and his clothes. They look too familiar. This little boy could have been my son. I’m reluctant to share the picture of three-year old Syrian child, Alan Kurdi, out of respect for this child’s family and the immensity of such sadness it brings, but it hits so close to home. The image made global headlines in September of 2015 after Kurdi and his family tried to flee war ravaged Syria. I see this image, I see my son. This is, in part, why I have become involved in helping to resettle and welcome … Continue reading A Picture of Peace & Hope: For Syria, For Indy

The Ripple Effect of Service

Scripture: Romans 12 Selected Verses So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you … Continue reading The Ripple Effect of Service

Message: $3.00 Worth of God

Mark 12: 28-34 The Greatest Commandment 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” 32 “Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You … Continue reading Message: $3.00 Worth of God

Where’s the Immigration Line?

Today around 1,000 people packed the gymnasium of Saint Philip Neri Catholic Church* in Indianapolis to show their support to immigrant and refugee families. This gathering was planned by IndyCAN, an interfaith organization bringing people of faith together to make a positive difference in our community. Our mayor of the City of Indianapolis, Joe Hogsett, came and spoke. We also heard the voices of people who are affected by our current immigration system. One mother shared that her husband was detained by ICE officers recently. He is simply being detained with no end in sight. He has no trial date, no … Continue reading Where’s the Immigration Line?