“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Or McKeesport?

Sermon for the Second Sunday after Epiphany
The Rev. Brandon Mozingo, deacon-in-charge, St. Stephen’s


  • 1 Samuel 3:1-20
  • Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
  • 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
  • John 1:43-51

If you’ve read or watched or listened to the news in the past few days, you have no doubt heard about President Trump calling El Salvador, Haiti, and the continent of Africa “dirtholes.” Well… the word wasn’t “dirtholes.” It was a different kind of “hole.” But, it’s not a word I feel comfortable saying from the pulpit. I won’t say it from the pulpit because the word is base and vulgar, and it only serves to separate and disconnect people.

But, here’s what I also won’t do from the pulpit. I won’t preach a political sermon which would also only serve to separate and disconnect this community. And I won’t preach a sermon which is little more than an attacking polemic against a single person’s actions.

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