Sermon, Advent, Advent 1C, Future, Impossible, Luke 21:25-36, John Caputo

The Unforeseeable Future – An Advent Sermon On Luke 21:25-36

In today’s gospel Jesus speaks of the “‘Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.” I think that’s a metaphor for the future. I’ve recently begun to think of Advent as the coming of our future, and a time when we prepare, as best we can, if we can, for that future. 

What comes up for you when you look toward or think about your future? How do you live with a future that is unforeseeable? Continue reading The Unforeseeable Future – An Advent Sermon On Luke 21:25-36

Advent, Silence, Stillness, Solitude, Waiting, Watching, Desert Fathers

Shh, Be Quiet, It’s Advent.

A new liturgical year begins this coming Sunday, December 2, 2018, with the First Sunday of Advent. The Season of Advent consists of the four Sundays before Christmas. The liturgical color for Advent is purple or sometimes blue. We will begin a new liturgical cycle of seasons, feasts and fasts, and scripture lessons. This year the gospel will focus on Luke’s account with The Gospel … Continue reading Shh, Be Quiet, It’s Advent.

Funeral, Sermon, Death, Nonbeliever, Psalm 23, Lamentations 3:22-23, Isaiah 61:1-3, John 10:11-16, Romans 8:35-39

Opening Gates – A Funeral Sermon For A Nonbeliever

What God creates, God loves; and what God loves, God loves everlastingly. I hope that you will hold on to those words. They are the thread that runs through everything we will do here today. They are the thread that runs through everything I will say to you. They are the thread that ran through Tommy’s life, his dying, and his being raised up to … Continue reading Opening Gates – A Funeral Sermon For A Nonbeliever

Lazarus, Abundance, All Saints, John 11:32-44, Sermon, Feasts of All Saints

Unbinding Abundance – An All Saints’ Sermon On John 11:32-44

All Saints Sunday – John 11:32-44 “Where have you laid him?” Jesus asked them.  “Lord, come and see.”  The thing that strikes me most about Mary and Martha in today’s gospel (John 11:32-44) is their loneliness. They’re lonely. They’re lonely for their brother. They’re lonely for Jesus. They’re lonely for the life they used to have. They are alone in their loss and they feel … Continue reading Unbinding Abundance – An All Saints’ Sermon On John 11:32-44

Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Prayer, Violence

A Prayer For Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Each year October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. 1 in 15 children … Continue reading A Prayer For Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Sermon, Proper 24B, Mark 10:35-45, Politics, Election, Christian Life and Practice, Pantocrator,

A Vote That Matters – A Sermon On Mark 10:35-45

We are sixteen days from the midterm elections and one day from the start of early voting. Ads are running, rhetoric is raging, and lines are being drawn. And here’s what I wonder. What if Jesus’ name was on the ballot? Would you and I vote for him? 

We tend to back the one who will “do for us whatever we ask” of him or her, the one who supports our beliefs, the one who advances our agenda. Isn’t that what James and John want from Jesus? “Teacher we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you … Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” They are privileging themselves over others, and we often do too. Give us. Do for us. That’s politics as usual. “But it is not [to be] so among you,” Jesus says.  Continue reading A Vote That Matters – A Sermon On Mark 10:35-45

Proper 23B, Sermon, Mark 10:17-31, Hope, Salvation, Death, Resurrection

A New Day, A New Life – A Sermon On Mark 10:17-31

Proper 23B – Mark 10:17-31 “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” I wonder what drove the man to Jesus. I wonder what was going on in his life that caused him to run to Jesus, kneel down, and ask his question. What’s the desperation behind his question? What’s his desire?  We could speculate about him but chances are there have been … Continue reading A New Day, A New Life – A Sermon On Mark 10:17-31

Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Proper 22B, Mark 10:2-16, Sermon

What Have We Confirmed? – A Sermon On Mark 10:2-16

Proper 22B – Mark 10:2-16 The confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh has been completed. But here’s what I wonder. What have we confirmed? I am not speaking of Judge Kavanaugh’s qualifications or character. This is about more than particular individuals. We have confirmed more than a new Supreme Court justice.  We have confirmed our divorce from one another. We have confirmed our reliance on procedure over … Continue reading What Have We Confirmed? – A Sermon On Mark 10:2-16

Sermon, Stumbling Blocks, Interior Life, Interior Watchfulness, Proper 21B, Mark 9:30-37, Mark 9:38-50

First, Do No Harm – A Sermon On Mark 9:38-50

Jesus is once again asking us to look at ourselves, to be self-reflective. It’s as if he saying to John, “Don’t you worry about that other guy. You worry about yourself.” He’s asking us to look within. The greatest stumbling blocks are not outside us but within us: anger and revenge, the judgments we make of others, prejudice, our desire to get ahead and be number one, the need to be right, our unwillingness to listen, the assumption that we know more and better than another, living as if our way is the only and right way, pride, fear, being exclusionary, our busyness, lies, gossip, our desire for power and control. These, and a thousand other things like them, are what cause others and us to fall.  Continue reading First, Do No Harm – A Sermon On Mark 9:38-50