Jesus in the Mirror, Part 1

Audio of sermon preached Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Erlanger Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Erlanger, Kentucky.


(28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A)


Occupy Vanity: Ecclesiastes and the Occupy Wall Street Movement

This is a lecture I gave in 2013 in a course on the Wisdom Literature, examining the Book of Ecclesiastes in light of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The course was taught by the Rev. Dr. Damien Dietlein, OSB–or, as we called him, “Damo”–, a legend at Saint Meinrad and a biblical scholar of the highest caliber and a minister of the deepest love. Studying under such a giant is among the greatest honors of my life.

The Occupy movement seemed to die not with a bang but a whimper, but, in light of the current climate, I can’t help but wonder if that whimper doesn’t camouflage a bang still waiting to get rebung. But what do I know?

References in the lecture to Támez are to Elsa Támez. “Ecclesiastes: a Reading from the Periphery.” Interpretation: A Journal Of Bible & Theology 55, no. 3 (July 2001): 250-259. References to Seow are from Choon-Leong Seow’s Anchor Bible: Ecclesiastes.

Old Stuff: Epiphany Version

In honor of today’s Feast of the Epiphany, here’s “Frozen Pizza and Maury Povich,” a sermon I was privileged to preach on Epiphany, 2012 for the good people of Notre Dame Church in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. After the service, I hit the road to start my second semester of graduate seminary. A lot has changed since then, but my love and gratitude for the people who supported me back then has not.

A New Vision of Greatness

Audio of a sermon I was privileged to preach this morning for Antioch Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lexington, Kentucky. In it, I said “the disciples were first called ‘Christians'” backwards at a congregation named “Antioch,” and they were kind enough not to lynch me!