Facing Our Greatest Temptation – A Sermon On Luke 4:1-13

Detail of the Fall of Man by By Hugo van der Goes, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons What comes to mind when you think about temptation? What tempts you? What is your greatest temptation today?   I ask those questions because…

Pulling Back The Husks On My Life – An Ash Wednesday Sermon On Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Photo by Ahna Ziegler on Unsplash Most weeks as I am preparing my sermon at some point I call a retired priest who, for almost thirty years, has been my spiritual director, mentor, and one of my two best friends. We talk about…

Bursts Of Light – A Sermon On Luke 9:28-43

Photo by Hayden Scott on Unsplash Today’s gospel (Luke 9:28-43), the transfiguration, is one of those big stories from scripture, a mountaintop experience. I wonder where that story fits in your life. Or does it even have a place? How do you make…

Living Large – A Sermon On Luke 6:27-38

If you heard a political candidate espousing today’s gospel (Luke 6:27-38) as her or his agenda would you vote for her or him? Is today’s gospel the platform on which your political party stands and governs our nation? If we…

Woah To Us Who Just Want To Be Happy – A Sermon On Luke 6:17-26

I have some big problems with today’s gospel (Luke 6:17-26). I’d rather be rich than poor. I’d rather be full than hungry. I’d rather laugh than weep. And I’d rather be spoken well of than be hated, excluded, reviled, and…

Raging At Jesus – A Sermon On Luke 4:21-30

Photo by Andrew Haimerl (andrewnef) on Unsplash When was the last time Jesus just really ticked you off? When have you been filled with rage at Jesus for something he said or did? And what was that about? When was the last time…

Today Is The Day – A Sermon On Luke 4:14-21

I went home from work one evening last week and told Cyndy, “I had the best afternoon. I was doing what I love and, I don’t mean to brag, but I did it really well.” I suspect you’ve had days…

What Are You Whining About? – A Sermon On John 2:1-11

"The Wedding at Cana" by Lawrence OP is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 What are you whining about these days?  I’m not asking that question to condemn, criticize, or judge anyone. It’s a serious question that I want us to take seriously. I’m asking…

Winnowing Our Life – A Sermon On Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash As you may know, today is the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus. This year we hear Luke's version of that story (Luke 3:15-17, 21-22). And in a few minutes we will, as part of that story,…

The Star Knows The Way – An Epiphany Sermon On Matthew 2:1-12

Photo by Sven Scheuermeier on Unsplash Since the start of the new year Cyndy and I have returned to some familiar questions and conversations about our lives individually and as a couple. Where are we headed? Where is her life going? Where is…

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