All Things Are Being Made New – A Sermon For All Saints’ Sunday On John 11:32-44

Mary said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  The thing that strikes me about Mary in today’s gospel (John 11:32-44) is that she wants something different from the life she has. She wants something…

How’s Your Love Life? – A Sermon On Mark 12:28-34

The year my dad was in Viet Nam my mom, sister, and I lived in my mom and dad’s hometown. I was about nine or ten years old. Every few weeks I’d go to Alfie’s Barber Shop for a haircut.…

“Let Me See Again” – A Sermon On Mark 10:46-52

Healing the Blind Man of Jericho by Unknown Author - Codex Egberti, Fol 31, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons Most of you have heard enough of my preaching that you won’t be surprised when I tell you that I don’t want…

Too Big For Your Britches? Good – A Sermon On Mark 10:35-45

Photo by Felipe Giacometti on Unsplash James and John want to be on top. They want to sit on either side of Jesus in his glory.  The other ten disciples are angry about this. I picture them looking at James and John and…

God Wastes Nothing Of Our Lives – A Funeral Sermon On Romans 8:14-19, 34-35, 37-39

Photo by OC Gonzalez on Unsplash Where to begin? What to say?  He was a good man, a crazy friend, a character, an operator, an entrepreneur. He was a story teller, funny, gregarious, outgoing, and mischievous. He was a rancher, a pilot, an…

What’s Your One Thing? – A Sermon On Mark 10:17-31

“Do you want to be something or do you want to do something?” That’s the question a friend of mine was asked by his spiritual director many years ago.  I wonder what that question brings up for you in your…

Jesus’ Prescription For Healing And Wholeness – A Sermon On Mark 9:38-50

Photo by Alexandros Chatzidimos from Pexels A friend of mine often says, “Sometimes the good news is bad news before it is good news.” That sure fits today’s gospel (Mark 9:38-50). Today’s gospel tells us that the prognosis is good…

Becoming Our Better Selves – A Sermon On Mark 9:30-37

Photo by Ester Marie Doysabas on Unsplash “On the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest” (Mark 9:34). How do you imagine that argument went? Today’s gospel (Mark 9:30-37) doesn’t tell us what the disciples said…

What Causes You To Sigh? – A Sermon On Mark 7:24-37

Last week I had a phone conversation with a clergy colleague in the diocese. We have a close though slightly formal relationship. After we exchanged the usual and expected greetings and pleasantries I said to him, “So how are you,…

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