Filling The Jesus Gap – A Sermon On Matthew 11:2-11

The Third Sunday in Advent, Year A – Matthew 11:2-11 John yelled at his disciples, “The Messiah is doing what!?” His voice escaped between the bars of his cell and echoed throughout the prison. Maybe his disciples told him what Jesus was doing. Or maybe he overheard the guards talking about it. Maybe he found out from other visitors.  Jesus has been going throughout Galilee … Continue reading Filling The Jesus Gap – A Sermon On Matthew 11:2-11

Life Can Be Different – An Advent Sermon On Matthew 3:1-12

The Second Sunday in Advent, Year A – Matthew 3:1-12 What if I preached like John the Baptist? What if I was as blunt and direct as he is? What if one Sunday I began my sermon like this?  “So what brought you slithering in here today? You sons of … snakes. Why are you here? To get out of the cold? To see your … Continue reading Life Can Be Different – An Advent Sermon On Matthew 3:1-12

The Double Yes of Marriage – A Wedding Sermon On Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 8:6-7

Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 8:6-7 and John 15:9-12 I am going to start by asking you some simple questions – yes or no kind of questions. I don’t mean to put pressure on you but if you get the answers wrong you’ll ruin my sermon and probably your wedding too. Don’t worry, it’ll be easy. Yes or no. Nano, do you love Sarah? Do you … Continue reading The Double Yes of Marriage – A Wedding Sermon On Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 8:6-7

Advent Possibilites – A Sermon On Matthew 24:36-44

The First Sunday in Advent, Year A – Matthew 24:36-44 “But about that day and hour no one knows,” Jesus says. I hear those words and can’t help but remember days and hours about which I did not and could not know: The day and hour I became a dad for the first time; The day and hour a judge decreed that I was a … Continue reading Advent Possibilites – A Sermon On Matthew 24:36-44

The How Of Life – A Sermon On Luke 6:20-31, Feast of All Saints

The Feast of All Saints, Year C – Luke 6:20-31 Blessed are the poor, the hungry, and the ones who are weeping. But woe to the rich, the full, and the ones who are laughing. Poverty over riches, hunger over fullness, and weeping over laughing. Are those the priories you have in your life today? Is that what you want for yourself? Your spouse and … Continue reading The How Of Life – A Sermon On Luke 6:20-31, Feast of All Saints

Finding The Lost Pieces Of Our Lives – A Sermon On Luke 15:1-10

Proper 19C – Luke 15:1-10 I remember hearing someone say, “I feel like there are parts of myself that have been lost along the way, and I don’t know if I can go back and find them again.” It was nearly twenty years ago when I heard that and it’s never left me. I knew exactly what he was talking about. I thought about parts … Continue reading Finding The Lost Pieces Of Our Lives – A Sermon On Luke 15:1-10

Hospitality: Unlocking The Door Of The Heart – A Sermon On Luke 14:1, 7-14

I don’t know if we were entertaining an angel that day, but I do know that she was a stranger. She was not a stranger in the sense that she was unknown and unfamiliar to me. I had dealt with her before. She was, however, a stranger in the sense that she was different from me and the others in the class. Her look, smell, and way of life were strange to us.

I said to her Holall the right things, at least out loud I did. But the ideas, thoughts, and conversation inside me were a bit different. Continue reading Hospitality: Unlocking The Door Of The Heart – A Sermon On Luke 14:1, 7-14

A Non-Possessive Life – A Sermon On Luke 12:32-40

Many years ago a close, dear friend gave Cyndy and me a gift. “Open it now,” she said. We unwrapped it and took it out of the box. It was a piece of pottery, about six inches in diameter, beige colored, in the shape of a dome. There was a hole in the top and it was hollow inside. “Oh, it’s beautiful. Thank you so much,” we said. “It’s perfect. We love it.”

Have you ever received a gift and had no idea what it was or what you were supposed to do with it? I wonder if that’s what happens to us when we hear Jesus say, “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Continue reading A Non-Possessive Life – A Sermon On Luke 12:32-40

When Life Ebbs Away – A Sermon On Luke 12:13-21

Proper 13C – Luke 12:13-21 “This very night your life is being demanded of you.” What is demanding and taking your life today?  That’s the question I want to begin with. It’s the question that runs through what I am about to say to you. And I hope it’s the question you will take with you when you leave here today. It is a central … Continue reading When Life Ebbs Away – A Sermon On Luke 12:13-21

Let Us Dare To Pray (And Not Just For What We Want) – A Sermon On Luke 11:1-13

Proper 12 C – Luke 11:1-13 “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.” It would sure be a lot easier to hear and preach today’s gospel (Luke 11:1-13) if it weren’t for all the unanswered prayers in our lives. I’m not suggesting that our prayers never get answered the way we … Continue reading Let Us Dare To Pray (And Not Just For What We Want) – A Sermon On Luke 11:1-13