“I charge you before God and blessed angels that you follow me no further than you have seen me follow Christ. If God reveal anything to you by any other instrument, be as ready to receive it as you were to receive any truth from my ministry, for I am verily persuaded the Lord hath more truth and light yet to break forth from God's holy word."
John Robinson 1620

Everyone Who Believes

Sunday, March 18, 2018
John 3:16-21
This smoothness is our enemy. This comfort we strive so hard to achieve is killing us. The familiarity of knowing what’s coming and the force with which I resist whenever I’m asked to do something new or something I wasn’t expecting, it is holding us all back from greatness. (Continue reading.)

Morality

Sunday, January 14, 2018
1 Samuel 3:1-11
It’s nice to know the moral arc of the universe bends towards justice. But, the reason it bends — instead of making a hard right hand turn — is that we value, above all else, the status quo. (Continue reading.)

What is Love, Anyway? (Advent 3, part 3)

Sunday, December 17, 2017
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
So… what is love, anyway? We talk about it all the time. Jesus loves you, which we know, for the bible tells you so! “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But what is it? What does it look like? What does it require? (Continue reading.)

The Purpose of Power (Advent 2, part 2)

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Mark 1:1-8
The first conversation we need before all the others — for all others — is about power. If we can get wise about power — about who has it, how it works, and its purpose — we will resolve most of the angst and fear. What is power? (Continue reading.)

Keep Awake (Advent 1, part 1)

Sunday, December 3, 2017
Mark 13:24-37
This morning, we sang one of my favorite hymns, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” And I don’t know about you, but whenever I sing it I am transported back in time to that moment when the people of God were desperate. And I tap into that part of my own spirit that is desperate. They were in exile. They prayed to God for a savior to rescue them. And so I find myself praying also... (Continue reading or Listen to the audio.)

Why We Need Four

Sunday, February 19, 2017
Genesis 45:1-15
Whenever we approach a text like this, especially a story as complex and detailed as this, it’s important to step back before we dive in. Before we can draw out the lesson for our day here and now, we need to go back and figure out what’s happening in the story, and what lessons might have inspired its original telling. Scholars call this a “hermeneutic of suspicion.” (Continue reading.)

Why You Matter

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Matthew 4:12-23
Jesus calls us away from what is comfortable and what is easy into something better, something amazing. We gather together without the expectation of uniformity but the obligation of unity. which is to say, we do not expect you to come in here and conform to who we are, but we expect you to come here and participate in what we are doing. (Listen to the audio.)

God's Lamb and the Line

Sunday, January 15, 2017, Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend
John 1:29-46
Today, I need to examine why it is that every. day. of every. week. I live solidly on the other side of that line. There are three reasons that I am silent when I should speak, that I am immobile when I should act. (Continue reading or listen to the audio.)

Caught Up and Between

Sunday, December 18, 2016
Matthew 1:18-25
To follow Jesus is to care. And to care is to be inconvenienced. The good news of the gospel is that when we need it someone is coming, someone is stepping out of their comfort zone to get our back. There are times when we’re strong, even when we don’t feel it, when we have resources, even though we don’t know it. There are times when we have power to deploy the good news of God out into the world. (Continue reading.)

Truth & Freedom

Sunday, November 13, 2016
Luke 8:23-47
We do not ignore the anguish of one part of the body for the comfort of another. We do not sacrifice one group for the security of another. Why do you think Jesus was willing to die? (Continue reading or listen to the audio.)
This sermon generated an animated response - for and against. Learn more about What came next. And explore Resources for further conversation and awakening. Read the story Church looks to heal after politics, faith collide in The Boston Globe on Christmas Day, 2016.

Yes, No, and Not Yet

Sunday, October 30, 2016
Isaiah 1:10-20
God answers every prayer. Those answers are: “Yes,” “No,” and “Not yet.” (Continue reading.)

To Wrestle

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Genesis 32:22-31
As much as I am impressed by Jacob’s strength — a mortal who managed to hold his own in a struggle with an angel — I suspect this story is more about Jacob’s vulnerability. (Continue reading.)

Christ's Precise Advice

September 29, 2013
Luke 16:19-31
Merciful God, I humbly beseech
The gift of your presence with me while I preach.
I know that your Spirit flows most of the time.
but I’ve never done this before in rhyme. (Continue Reading)

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