Revolutionary Fire: Pentecost 2020

This sermon was preached on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020, online for Green Street United Methodist Church(Winston-Salem, NC). The text was Acts 2:1-13, and the service included a video of the Scripture read in English, French, Gullah, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uST9UEgsr30&t=2s One day in the spring of 1906, David Starr Jordan walked into his lab at Stanford University …

Blame, Denial, and Revelation: Coronavirus and the Man Born Blind

This sermon was preached at Green Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, NC on Sunday, March 22, 2020. The text was John 9:1-41. Dr. Anna Carter Florence, a preaching professor at Columbia Theological Seminary, says that this story in John chapter 9 “is a story about time: before and after, then and now.” This story evokes …

Room at the Table

This sermon was preached on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Green Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, NC. The Scripture for the day was Luke 14:15-24. As an introvert, I have a love-hate relationship with social gatherings. I love being around people, especially friends and family, but sometimes social anxiety hits, or I’ve had one …

Peeling Paint and Graveyards at Dusk

Today I pressure washed my front porch. As I washed away dirt and grime and cobwebs, I watched my cheap but plucky pressure washer strip away some already-peeling paint on the steps, revealing a dark green long covered up in white. It made me wonder what this house looked like before I bought it, before …

The Worlds Our Words Create

“And God said, ‘Let there be…'” This is how creation happens in the Abrahamic faiths: not as a meticulously planned engineering project or even a work of magic, but entirely spoken into being. The Word not only communicates God’s intentions, it accomplishes them. A Word created the world. I shared this reflection yesterday at the …

Moving On Without Moving

“Are you moving this year?” It’s a question that would be odd in most social settings, but among United Methodist ministers, it’s as common as “Where are you from?” as a conversation starter from late April through mid-June. The way our system works, ordained elders* are appointed** for one year at a time. These days, …