A sermon based on Matthew 3:1-17 I was baptized by Hiram Lemay in 1980. Brother Lemay was a nice middle aged man who pastored a church called Una Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Brother Lemay looked as much like a preacher as a person can look, with white bucks and a preacher swoop to his hair. And Hiram Lemay preached the gospel. You know the kind… the kind that makes you hold on to the seat in front of you during the invitation because you’re sure he’s talking to you. The kind that requests one more verse of Just As I Am, with “every headRead More →

Everybody is born grateful. When babies wake up and see their mothers’ faces, they gasp with surprise and happiness. When babies see something new, they revel in the look of it. Flowers, animals, heck, just bright colors excite them and they wear that excitement on her face. But somehow, that excitement starts going away. We begin to learn that the world isn’t so safe. That pretty burner that burned such a wonderful color of red burns our hand. That pretty black and yellow bee sting us. The people who make us laugh when we see their faces became unpredictable. Sometimes they were happy and sometimesRead More →

A sermon based on Psalm 89 My name is Lia, and I’m a church nerd. I love all things big and small about church, and I especially love the smells and bells that come with Advent. During Advent, we deck out the church, we hang Chrismons, wear our pretty purples, have the amazing smell of evergreens, and the sounds of uplifting music. I am such a nerd that I hum Advent tunes all season long, and resist the urge to sing Christmas carols. In fact, most of Advent you can find me singing, “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel.” And usually IRead More →

I heard this week that Thich Nhat Hanh has had a brain hemorrhage. And a wave of sadness overwhelmed me. Another peacemaker, down for the count. If you don’t know who Thich Nhat Hanh is, he’s a Vietnamese Zen Buddhist. In 1966, he met with Martin Luther King, Jr. and urged him to publicly denounce the Vietnam War. In 1967, Dr. King gave a famous speech at the Riverside Church in New York City, his first to publicly question the U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Later that year Dr. King nominated Thich Nhat Hanh for the 1967 Nobel Peace Prize. In his nomination Dr. King said,Read More →