Lent 4A, Judgment, Blindness, Seeing, Healing, Judgment, Prophet, John 9:1-41, Jesus

Seeing All There is to See – A Sermon on John 9:1-41

Everything about Jesus, his life, his words, his actions, are a judgment on our lives and world. That judgment offers us the chance to see as he sees, to live as he lives, and to be as he is. His judgment, however, is not an adjudication for the purpose of punishment. Rather, it is a diagnosis for the purpose of healing and life. Jesus always casts his judgment with an eye toward change and transformation. Its purpose is to show us the way, the truth, and the life.

John 14:1-6, Funeral, Funeral Sermon, Sermon, Grief, Loss, Sorrow, Death, Resurrection, Presence

When A Loved One Dies – A Funeral Sermon on John 14:1-6

I need you to trust me and work with me on what I am going to say next. It won’t seem true but it is. Brian’s love, his life, and his presence are as real today as before he died. I know it doesn’t look like that and it sure doesn’t feel like that. I know that your grief and tears are saying that it’s not true. But I promise you it is. It is the gospel truth.

Transfiguration, Change, Matthew 17:1-9, Sermon, Last Sunday after the Epiphany

When Life Changes – A Sermon on Matthew 17:1-9

Listen to him. Be raised up. Do not be afraid. What if those words are holy wisdom for times of change? What if they are the means by which we step into our own transfiguration? Maybe it wasn’t Jesus who changed on the mountaintop. Maybe it was Peter, James, and John. Maybe their eyes were opened and their seeing changed, so that everywhere they looked they saw “Jesus himself alone.” Maybe they saw Jesus for the first time as he had always been.

Epiphany 7A, Sermon on the Mount, Gandhi, Matthew 5:38-48, Nonviolence, Social Justice, Sedition

The Sedition of Christ – A Sermon on Matthew 5:38-48

Christ’s gospel is seditious. Do not resist an evildoer. Turn the other cheek. Give your cloak. Go the second mile. Give to those who beg. Don’t refuse a borrower. Love your enemy. Pray for those who persecute you. Those kind of things are not taught, valued, encouraged, or rewarded by most of the world. If enacted they would shatter the status quo and bring business as usual to a halt. And that’s the point.