Matthew 22:1-14, Proper 23A, Sermon, Kingdom of Heaven, Presence, Invitation, Parable of the King's Son's Wedding

An Open Invitation – A Sermon on Matthew 22:1-14

My first year in seminary we had a church history professor who would say the most outrageous things. He was funny. He was sarcastic. He was sometimes offensive and he was always challenging. You just never knew what to expect or what he might say next. After a particularly outrageous comment he would look at…

Matthew 21:33-46, Sermon, Parable of the Wicked Tenants, Proper 22A

How’s Your Garden Growing? A Sermon on Matthew 21:33-46

Jesus said to them “Listen to another parable” (Matthew 21:33-46, Parable of the Wicked Tenants, Proper 22A). He could have just said, “Get ready for another confrontation between the Pharisees and me.” Regardless of what you think about the Pharisees you’ve got to give them some credit today. They got it. They understood the parable.…

Synaxis of Angels, Angels, Archangels, Jacob's Ladder, Genesis 28:1-10, St Michael and All Angles,

Not 7 Essential Facts Everyone Should Know About Angels – A Sermon on Genesis 28:10-17 for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels

Something is happening between heaven and earth, between God and us. And it’s happening all the time. The angels of God are ascending and descending. There is traffic, movement, and activity between heaven and earth. What looks to Jacob like empty space, just a good place to spend the night, is actually filled with presence…

Authority, Sermon, Proper 21A, Matthew 21:23-32

God is Not the Boss of You – A Sermon on Matthew 21:23-32

Authority issues. Have you ever known anyone with authority issues? Authority is the theme running throughout today’s gospel (Matthew 21:23-32, Proper 21A). The chief priests and elders take issue with Jesus’ authority. The two sons challenge their father’s authority. They’re not the only ones with authority issues. And yes, I’m talking about you. I’m talking…

Proper 16A, Matthew 16:13-20, Pantocrator, Icon

A Question to be Lived – A Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20

“But who do you say that I am?” (From Proper 16A, Matthew 16:13-20) Let me tell you some of the answers I’ve heard or read. My personal Lord and Savior. The Son of God. God incarnate. He’s my life, the song I sing, my everything. Buddy, brother, friend, homeboy. Rock, comforter, coach. Teacher. Example. The…