Sowing More than 52,000 Seeds – A Sermon on the Parable of the Sower, Matthew 13:1-23

We often speak, and rightly so, of the gospel as the “good news,” the good news of Jesus Christ. God in Jesus has entered the world in a new way bringing new life, offering new hope, and inviting us to…

No More Admirably Arranged Lives – A Sermon on Romans 6:12-23

A priest was visiting with a new parishioner and asked, “How’s your relationship with God?” The parishioner says, “There’s not much to tell. I like sinning. God likes forgiving. We get along just fine.” That story is an adaptation of…

Love Triangles – A Sermon on Matthew 10:24-39

Love triangles. I want to talk with you today about love triangles. You know what I am talking about right? You’ve seen the pictures and headlines on the tabloids in the grocery store check out lines. Love triangles are often…

Oscar Romero – In Life and Death his Blood was “a Seed of Freedom.”

“A bishop will die, but the Church which is the people will never perish.” Those words of Archbishop Oscar Romero proved prophetic. He was shot to death on March 24, 1980 while celebrating Mass at a chapel near his cathedral. The…

Daytime Lives and Nighttime Lives – A Sermon on John 3:1-17

Nicodemus “came to Jesus by night” (John 3:1-17, Lent 2A). I wonder if that’s not true for all of us. I wonder if we don’t all come to Jesus by night. Some have said that Nicodemus was hiding in the…

Fairness, Monkeys, and Love – A Sermon Matthew 5:38-48

Somewhere around the time I was in kindergarten or the first grade my parents took my sister and me to a carnival that had come to town. The only thing I remember about that day is the monkey on a…

Keeping the Rules or Keeping the Relationship? A Sermon on Matthew 5:21-37

You have heard it said, “The Old Testament is a book of law and judgment.” You have heard it said, “The New Testament is a book of grace and love.” But I say to you, “Welcome to today’s gospel!” (Matthew…

Let Them Taste and See – A Sermon on Matthew 5:13-20

Who are you? How do you answer when someone asks you that question? The most common answer is to give our name. We might also tell a bit of family history and the connections that help identify us. Often we’ll…

A Life that Fits – A Sermon on Luke 2:22-40 for the Feast of the Presentation

I recently heard a man say, “I feel as if I have dropped into my own life and it fits.” It made me smile. It was such a great description. I think we all want to be able to say…

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