NextSunday Worship


  • August 14, 2016

    “Wild Grapes in God’s Vineyard”

    Year C – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

    I’ve about made up my mind—the world has gone mad. Our country has gone mad. As of today 6,040 people have been shot in America in 2016. Adam Lanza killed children in a school. Dylan Roof killed 9 people worshiping in church. A man walks into a nightclub and kills 49 and wounds more than […]

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  • August 7, 2016

    “The Road Ahead”

    Year C – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

    It seems like we are living literally in the eye of storms.  But there is more than the weather to contend with these days.   Here in the final blustery days of Campaign 2016, the airways are awash in rhetoric.  Charges and counter charges, whispers and shouts, innuendo and boasts beyond lies converge to form a […]

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  • July 31, 2016


    Year C: Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

    Today is the birthday of Harry Potter, and also his creator, J. K. Rowling.  She tells of the time in her life when she was a single mother and virtually homeless, detailing how her own desperation caused her to sit down in cafés and put to paper the stories and characters swirling magically in her […]

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  • July 24, 2016

    “Eat, Pray, Love”

    Year C - Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

    Some of the most thrilling moments of my adult life have recurred every year on Christmas Eve.   As parents blessed with two children we have taken great pleasure in the preparing of the annual presents for our son and daughter under the tree. Before Santa Claus ever arrives [and I add that as a cautionary […]

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  • July 17, 2016

    “Being There”

    Year C: Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

    Old Blue Eyes Sinatra sings a lot of my favorite music, do-be-do-be-doing his way into my head almost daily.  But whether I want to remember it or not, I must confess that a jazzy commercial jingle from decades ago buzzes me when I least expect it:  I can bring home the bacon, (ba ba ba […]

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  • July 10, 2016


    Year C: Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

    A middle school kid was headed down the block after class to the 7-Eleven for a corn dog and a smoothie, on her way to babysit for the neighbor’s girls.  At an alley a couple of high school dropouts pulled her around the corner, yanked her book bag off her, threw the books at her, […]

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  • July 3, 2016


    Year C: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

    When I was little our family celebrated Independence Day by returning to the small town where my grandparents lived, partly because it felt appropriate to be in Independence, Virginia on July 4th.  There was a big parade down the main drag.  Participants threw candy. Nothing says Independence like high school kids sweating it out in […]

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  • June 26, 2016


    Year C – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.

    I came to San Antonio last year unsure of what long term plans God might have for me. Would I ever return to Washington, DC?  Would I ever work in politics again?  Was I returning to my home state of Texas for good?  While I do not regret coming to Baptist Health System to work […]

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  • June 19, 2016

    “Go Back the Way You Came”

    Year C – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

    His name was Clementa Pinckney.  To some he was Senator Pinckney.  To others, he was Reverend Pinckney or Pastor. Still others, Brother Clementa, husband or father.  I met South Carolina State Representative Clementa Pinckney in 2006, when I worked for the Center for Policy Alternatives in Washington, DC.  As the daughter of a Baptist minister […]

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  • June 12, 2016

    “We are in Christ!”

    Year C – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

    In my youth, I remember checking boxes on my offering envelope each Sunday.  On the envelope were boxes to check for Sunday school attendance, Church attendance, Bible brought, Bible read, offering brought etc. Even though we learned we were saved through faith, there was a lot of emphasis placed on works which brought us closer […]

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