Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Paper Doves Take Flight

I initially created these paper birds for an Easter processional to accompany the theme "Sing a New Song," but they are equally appropriate for Pentecost, the Peace Sunday of Advent, Christ's Baptism, or perhaps...

Remembering the Radical Roots of Mother’s Day

Before the flowers, before the jewelry, before the cards and candy Mothers’ Day was a day of activism. In 1858 Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis organized the women in her area into Mothers Day Work...

World of Meaning

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Howard Thurman (April 10), an early twentieth century African-American theologian, poet, pastor, and activist whose work I am still getting to know.  His most...

Jesus’ Life and Martin’s Death

A sermon about the convergence of Dr. King’s assassination and Jesus’ resurrection preached Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021. The biblical text is Mark 16, a jarring revelation of the discovery of the empty tomb....

Jesus People

Texts: Isaiah 25: 6-9, Mark 16: 1-8 This sermon was originally preached Easter Sunday April 6, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Hyattsville, Maryland. Below is the audio recording of the entire sermon including...

Jesus’ Life and Martin’s Death

This Easter Sunday marks the brightest dawn the world has ever known paired with the anniversary of one of the darkest evenings America has ever witnessed.  Today is the day, some two thousand years...

Books for Reckoning with White Supremacy in the American Church

The Cross and the Lynching Tree, James H. Cone (2011) The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, Jemar Tisby (2019) White Too Long:  The Legacy of White Supremacy in American...

A Journey with the Cross

The first time I ever saw a flowering cross, I was visiting Todd in Athens, Georgia back during his days as a Latin scholar at UGA. It was Easter Sunday and First Baptist Athens...

Service of Shadows Decor

In the Catholic tradition the services conducted Thursday through Saturday of Holy Week are sometimes referred to as the Tenebrae service. From the Latin, the word "tenebrae" can be translated as "darkness" and the...

Easter Topiaries

The unofficial theme for the Easter I created these topiaries might as well have been "Church Clean-Out," because everything I used to make them came from a huge church-wide cleaning and organizing event held...

Sermon Remix