The following is a portion of the homily I preached at St. John Lutheran Church in Perrysville, Ohio, on Sunday, August 30, 2015, the 14th Sunday after Pentecost. The Gospel reading was Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. [Click HERE to read the text.]  [Jesus said:] You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.” [MarkContinue reading “TRADITION”


[Jesus] said to them, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” [Mark 6:31] For the past six summers I’ve been taking a week-long train trip with David, my adult autistic son. Even before then we had spent at least a week together every summer, travelling to somewhere he hasn’tContinue reading “MY PHILADELPHIA STORY”


I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. [John 15:15] What is a friend? When asked the question, the philosopher Aristotle replied, ”AContinue reading “WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE”