sermon

“Give Me Oil in my lamp,” a sermon at Broadmoore Presbyterian Church, 11/19/2017

This message was based on the gospel passage about the 10 bridesmaids, 5 of whose oil lamps burn out and they miss out on the big party.

I hope that if you’re worried about getting all the details right in order to do good, this message will be an encouragement to you.

Plus, I sing. Who doesn’t love that? And I might mention social justice a little bit.

“The Back-to-Egypt Committee,” a sermon at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 24 September 2017

This sermon was based on the lectionary passage Exodus 16:2-15, where the Israelites who have just been led out of enslavement in Egypt complain that Moses has brought them there to die and how good they had it back in Egypt where there was really good stew and housing. My pastor used to call these folks the Back-to-Egypt Committee, and the narrative still seems true today.

“Call In the Midwife” — a sermon on the baby Moses

This sermon, preached at United Christian Church of Lodi, CA, is based on the passage in the book of Exodus about the midwives saving baby Moses’s life.

Before I began to preach, I let the congregation know that the sermon had been shaped by our President having just pardoned a genocidal man who bragged about building concentration camps for Mexicans, white supremacists playing whack-a-mole in the city of San Francisco the day before, and the fact that my friends were gathering in Berkeley as we met to nonviolently stand up against more white supremacists. I asked for their grace in hearing a message shaped by that context.

One other thing to note: I don’t preach from a manuscript, and this morning that resulted in me using a phrase I now know not to use: “low person on the totem pole” is an unhelpful, inaccurate and hurtful phrase. I apologize for its use as I continue to work on unlearning harmful turns of phrase and ways of thinking.

“Mothers of Islam” — a sermon preached at First Christian Church of Concord, CA

Sermon can be found HERE.

A description from the church’s website: “One of our favorite guest preachers, Rev. Sandhya Jha, preaches on the story of Hagar and weaves it in with the story of Khadijah, the prophet Muhammad’s first wife. ¬†She invites us to stand with our Jewish and Muslim brothers and sisters, living in true community.”