As we prepare for Dr. King's holiday, my sermon is about Mountaintops and Mentorship. King knew, for the movement to live on, he had to pass along the faith, he had to pass along the vision. After all,, King knew, he had been handed this faith, this vision, from the generation before him, and especially from his mentor, Dr. Howard Thurman.
Temptation: I wish I could tell you I knew how the coronavirus is going to play out. I wish I could tell you whether to cancel your vacation. I wish I could tell you when a vaccine was coming. I can't. No one can.
I can tell you this: now is a time to ask central questions, questions of vocation, of who we are called to be. Now is the time to ask, 'will we meet this moment? Will we be who God created us to be?'"
The temptation is always to be less. The temptation is to be smaller. The temptation to pay attention only to the needs of my country, my city, my neighborhood, to ask how will this affect me.
Will we face this challenge with our full selves?
I want to thank your rector, Jered Weber-Johnson, for inviting me to come to Minnesota. In January. Your rector is sneaky. He chose a really specific moment to invite me to come preach, the end of June last year. I had just walked the streets of my city, St. Louis, for the hottest, sunniest, muggiest … Continue reading Baptism: Comfort and Challenge