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

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

Luke 4:14-21, Sermon, Politics, Epiphany 3C

The Politics of Jesus – A Sermon on Luke 4:14-21

I want to talk with you today about politics. When I say politics I’m including not only elected officials and the governmental process, I’m also including you and me, the opinions we hold, the decisions we make, and the ways we relate to one another. Let me give you some context and examples of what I am thinking about. I’m thinking about racism, prejudice, and … Continue reading The Politics of Jesus – A Sermon on Luke 4:14-21

Celebrating St. Gregory the Great

Today, March 12, is the feast of St. Gregory the Great also known, especially in the East, as St. Gregory the Dialogist because he wrote a book entitled The Dialogues in which he extolled the Italian saints. Gregory served as pope from 590 until his death on March 12, 604. Though often seen as Augustinian many modern scholars now see Gregory’s pastoral, ascetic, and soteriological … Continue reading Celebrating St. Gregory the Great

Matthew 22:15-22, Proper 24A, Sermon

Is it God’s or the Emperor’s? A Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22

I want you to think about a few things and then I want to ask you some questions about those things. First, think about the checks you have written, the bills you have paid, and the purchases you have charged over the last few weeks. How have you spent your money? Next, think about where you have been, what you have done, and who you … Continue reading Is it God’s or the Emperor’s? A Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22

Proper 17A, Matthew 16:21-28, Sermon, Way of the Cross, Crucifixion

Crucifying our Programs for Happiness – A Sermon on Matthew 16:21-28

“Do you want to know how I got to be so smart?” That’s the question a friend of mine has recently begun asking me at the end of our conversations. He is not only a friend. He is also, for me, a teacher and mentor. He and I often speak about life, prayer, theology, and relationships. I always come away from our conversations with new … Continue reading Crucifying our Programs for Happiness – A Sermon on Matthew 16:21-28

Proper 16A, Matthew 16:13-20, Pantocrator, Icon

A Question to be Lived – A Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20

“But who do you say that I am?” (From Proper 16A, Matthew 16:13-20) Let me tell you some of the answers I’ve heard or read. My personal Lord and Savior. The Son of God. God incarnate. He’s my life, the song I sing, my everything. Buddy, brother, friend, homeboy. Rock, comforter, coach. Teacher. Example. The copilot next to me. The list could go on and … Continue reading A Question to be Lived – A Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20

Proper 12A, 1 Kings 3:5-12, Sermon, Solomon's Dream

Solomon’s Choice, Me or We? A Sermon on 1 Kings 3:5-12

Me or we? It’s a question each of us faces and answers everyday as we say our prayers, make decisions, establish priorities, and live our lives. Do we live as insulated and isolated individuals or as a person connected to and interdependent with others? Me doesn’t just apply to a single individual. Me could be a group, a parish, a business. So me or we is … Continue reading Solomon’s Choice, Me or We? A Sermon on 1 Kings 3:5-12

Sermon, Parable of the Weeds, Proper 11A, Matthew 13:24-30 36-43, Tacuina Sanitatis, Judgment, Forgiveness, Love

Weeding out Judgment – A Sermon on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; Parable of the Wheat and Weeds

“Where, then, did these weeds come from?” (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Parable of the Weeds, Proper 11A) Who has not at some point asked that question? You may not have used those same words and you may not have spoken it aloud but I’ll bet everyone has, at some time or another, asked the question. Maybe you’ve read or watched the news and wondered, “How did … Continue reading Weeding out Judgment – A Sermon on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43; Parable of the Wheat and Weeds