Turning Points in Life – A Sermon on Matthew 4:12-23

After I graduated from seminary Cyndy and I moved to Kerrville where I began work as an associate priest at a large parish. Shortly after arriving I was invited to join a community prayer group. It was a small group…

He is Always Coming to Us – A Sermon on Matthew 3:13-17

“And do you come to me?” (From Matthew 3:13-17, Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, the First Sunday after the Epiphany) That’s the greeting Jesus receives from John. John almost seems surprised, taken aback, that Jesus has come to…

Holiness Always Wins – A Sermon on Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

“Now after the wise men had left….” How strange that that is how today’s gospel (Matthew 2: 13-15, 19-23; Second Sunday after Christm) begins. We hear of their departure before we hear of their arrival. The wise men left before…

The Grace of Accounting for our Life, A Sermon on Luke 16:1-13

Most commentaries or sermons about today’s gospel, the parable of the unjust steward (Luke 16:1-13; Proper 20, Year C), either begin with or quickly make the point that is it just a strange and difficult text; and it is. It…

A Lived Amen – A Sermon on John 17:6-19; Easter 7B

The collect and readings for the Seventh Sunday of Easter may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 17:6-19. “Protect them from the evil one,” Jesus prays. We live in a dangerous world. I’m not telling you…

“Why do you stand looking up to heaven?” – A Sermon for the Feast of the Ascension

The collect and readings for the Feast of the Ascension may be found here. The following sermon is based on Acts 1:1-11 and Luke 24:44-53. We live in a world in which up is better than down. Singers want to…

A Laying Down Life Kind of Love – A Sermon on 1 John 3:16-24 and John 10:11-18; Easter 4B

The collect and readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Shepherd Sunday) may be found here. The following sermon is based on 1 John 3:16-24 and John 10:11-18. She died about two weeks ago. She was young, only in her…

Re-centering – A Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20, Proper 16A

The collect and readings for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16A, may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 16:13-20. When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that…

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