Welcome, Jonah!

The book of Jonah is a comic masterpiece, and Jonah himself is both a warning and a comfort to all of us. This sermon includes a dramatic interpretation of a part of the book of Jonah, and ends with the hymn, “Welcome, Thomas, Doubts and All,” which has a verse about Jonah. The hymn-sing is led by Ron McCutchan. (Sheet music for “Welcome, Thomas, Doubts and All” is available in our Free Stuff area.)

2023-09-24T13:12:28-05:00September 24, 2023|0 Comments

Cherishing the Harmony, Part Two

The concluding part of “Cherishing the Harmony,” delivered at the Pilgrim Park church camp on the occasion of the Open Prairie UCC’s twentieth anniversary.

2023-09-22T17:28:40-05:00September 17, 2023|0 Comments

Cherishing the Harmony, Part One

In this reflection, we hear a beautiful psalm about the harmony of the natural world—and then we hear some competing voices of scripture, with other ideas about the nature of nature.

2023-09-22T17:29:47-05:00September 10, 2023|0 Comments

Quaker Simplicity

As a student at the Earlham School of Religion, I learned some great lessons from the Quaker tradition. Here’s one of my favorites: simplicity.

2023-09-22T17:30:48-05:00August 20, 2023|0 Comments

The Two Mistakes

There are two mistakes Christians often make when reading the miracle stories in the gospels.

2023-08-13T12:22:21-05:00August 13, 2023|0 Comments


Here’s a reading (the story of the feeding of the five thousand), a sermon, and communion, all together. Viewer participation is welcome!

2023-08-06T13:24:52-05:00August 6, 2023|0 Comments


Check your shopping list: does the food you buy have high levels of stenazo?

2023-07-23T09:55:39-05:00July 23, 2023|0 Comments

Letting Worries Go: Personal and Systemic

Jesus’ teaching against worry has both a personal side (where we work on our own worries) and a systemic side (where we work on the big systems that inflict worries on all of us).

2023-06-25T08:53:17-05:00June 25, 2023|0 Comments
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