Lifting Up Our Contradictions – A Sermon On John 3:14-21

Some of the funniest and most terrifying aspects of my life are my self-contradictions - the contradictions with which I live, the contradictions that live within me. My wife would probably say they are more aggravating and frustrating than funny. Most days my life is a living contradiction between what I say and what I do, what I think and what I say, the values I claim to hold in my life and the way I live my life. My guess is that you have contradictions in your life too. I don’t think they’re unique to me. What if every contradiction is a messenger telling us about a deeper truth?

Who Holds the Cross of Christ?

Pilate asked Jesus, “Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” (John 19:10) Pilate thinks he holds the cross of Christ. Jesus knows otherwise. How we see and understand the cross is…

Crucifixion, A Love Story – A Sermon for Good Friday; John 18:1-19:42

The collect and readings for Good Friday may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 18:1 - 19:42. I have come to believe that the crucifixion did not kill Jesus. Crucifixion is merely the external force and…

Denying Self, Choosing Christ – A Sermon on Mark 8:31-38, Lent 2B

The collect and readings for the Second Sunday in Lent, Year B, may be found here. The following sermon is based on Mark 8:31-38. Then Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering,…

The Feast of the Holy Cross

September 14 is the Feast of the Holy Cross. In the Eastern Church it is called the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The historian Eusebius, in his Life of Constantine, tells how that emperor ordered the erection of a complex…

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