We’re All Blessed – A Sermon On Matthew 5:1-12

“Blessed.” Jesus says that word nine times in today’s gospel (Matthew 5:1-12). We often talk about ourselves or others as being blessed. “I’m blessed.” “She’s blessed.” “We’re really blessed.” You’ve said and heard those things, right? But here’s what I…

Rethinking Repentance – A Sermon On Matthew 4:12-23

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near,” Jesus says in today’s gospel (Matthew 4:12-23) How’s that working for you? Who here has repented today? Anyone? No? Okay, well it’s still early, not even lunch time yet. Did anyone…

What Are You Looking For? – A Sermon On John 1:29-42

“What are you looking for?” That’s the question Jesus asks in today’s gospel (John 1:29-42). We’re now two weeks into the new year and I wonder, what are you looking for in 2023? It’s been seven and a half months…

My New Christmas Word – A Christmas Day Sermon On Luke 2:8-20

The child has been born. Take a deep breath. Breathe in the truth of his birth. The child has been born. I love the Christmas Day liturgy. It’s one of my favorite liturgies of the whole year. It’s so different…

What Is Your Amazing Story? – A Christmas Eve Sermon On Luke 2:1-20

“They made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.” (Luke 2:1-20) What do you imagine the shepherds told them? Did they tell  about standing in…

Emmanuel And The Messiness of Life – A Sermon On Matthew 1:18-25

What do you make of today’s gospel? (Matthew 1:18-25)  It’s a beautiful story but does it make sense to you? I doesn’t to me. I have some doubts about it. It doesn’t sound or feel real to me. Does it…

Imprisoned By Our Blinders – A Sermon On Matthew 11:2-11

What happened to John the Baptist? That’s the question that comes up for me when I hear today’s gospel (Matthew 11:2-11). Last week (Matthew 3:1-12) John was a voice crying out in the wilderness. He was preparing the way of…

Peace For Our Wolves And Lambs – A Sermon On Isaiah 11:1-10

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near,” John the Baptist announces in today’s gospel (Matthew 3:1-12). But it’s Isaiah in today’s Old Testament reading (Isaiah 11:1-10) who describes the kingdom. It’s Isaiah who gives us a glimpse of…

Waking Up To The Unexpected Hour – A Sermon On Matthew 24:36-44

A few nights ago my wife Cyndy woke me and said, “Mike, turn over. You’re snoring.”  I said, “I am? Really? I didn’t even know I was asleep.”  That’s the thing about sleeping; we don’t know we’ve been asleep until…

The Reign Of Nonviolence – A Christ The King Sermon On Luke 23:33-43

“The people stood by, watching Jesus on the cross.”  The crucifixion in November? What’s that about? Someone even asked me if I was sure I had the correct gospel for today. It is the correct gospel for today and I…

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