When Life Ebbs Away – A Sermon On Luke 12:13-21

Proper 13C – Luke 12:13-21 “This very night your life is being demanded of you.” What is demanding and taking your life today?  That’s the question I want to begin with. It’s the question that runs through what I am about to say to you. And I hope it’s the question you will take with you when you leave here today. It is a central … Continue reading When Life Ebbs Away – A Sermon On Luke 12:13-21

Sermon, Easter, Death, Life, Resurrection, Hope, Future, Impossible, Easter, Easter Sunday, Luke 24:1-12

A Promise, A Hope, And A Call – A Sermon On Luke 24:1-12 For Easter Sunday

This is your resurrection. This is your Easter. This is your feast day. And that is true for every one of us here. Regardless of who you are, what you’ve done or not done, what has or has not happened in your life, what you believe or don’t believe, the promise remains, hope abides, and the call persists. Continue reading A Promise, A Hope, And A Call – A Sermon On Luke 24:1-12 For Easter Sunday

Sermon, Holy Saturday, Matthew 27:57-66, Death, Future, Impossible

Sitting In Opposition – A Sermon On Matthew 27:57-66 For Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday – Matthew 27:57-66 I am always struck by the contrast between this day, Holy Saturday, and the rest of Holy Week. The crowds, shouting, and turmoil of Good Friday have given way to silence and stillness. There is no meal or intimacy like on Maundy Thursday. The excitement and hope of Palm Sunday’s triumphal entry have ended with two women and a sealed … Continue reading Sitting In Opposition – A Sermon On Matthew 27:57-66 For Holy Saturday

Sermon, Lent 2C, Luke 13:31-35, Future, Death, Life, Jesus Laments Over Jerusalem

Opening To Life – A Sermon On Luke 13:31-35

The Second Sunday in Lent – Luke 13:31-35 When was the last time you went to bed thankful and amazed by what the day had given you, something you had not planned or foreseen? Maybe it was a conversation, a chance meeting with someone else, a moment of hope or beauty, a truth or insight that changed you, an experience when you felt really alive. … Continue reading Opening To Life – A Sermon On Luke 13:31-35

Sermon, Lent, Ash Wednesday, Death, Life, John Caputo

Life Before Death – An Ash Wednesday Sermon

Maybe Lent and the gospel of Jesus are not primarily about being good, a program for changing from a bad person to a good person, so we can get a future reward. I’ve got nothing against being a good person (whatever that might mean) but I’ve never read where Jesus said, “I came that you might be good, better, an improved version of yourself.” What I have read is that Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Throughout the gospel he shows himself to be giving life, revealing life, and calling to life. And that’s not about tomorrow, after you die, or some heavenly future. “Now is the day of salvation,” Paul tells us (2 Corinthians 6:2). Now, in this time and in this place. Life is now. Continue reading Life Before Death – An Ash Wednesday Sermon

Sermon, Funeral, Funeral Sermon, Death, Resurrection, Music, John 14:1-6

The Music Hasn’t Ended, The Key Has Changed – A Funeral Sermon

The music of Gene’s life did not end at his death. Though we might be able to name the day and maybe even the hour of Gene’s death, he never knew that moment. He simply moved from this life to a new life. The music hasn’t ended, the key has changed. And that means we must learn to listen in a new way. We must listen with the ears of our hearts.  Continue reading The Music Hasn’t Ended, The Key Has Changed – A Funeral Sermon

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

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

Harrowing of Hell, Resurrection, Death, Holy Saturday, Tomb, Entombment of Christ, John 19:38-42

What Have You Laid In The Tomb? – A Holy Saturday Sermon On John 19:38-42

“They laid Jesus there,” in the tomb (John 19:42). At one level that’s a literal-historical statement of what happened next. At another level it’s about you and me. We’ve all come to the tomb. We’ve laid in the tomb our family and friends, loves, hopes, dreams, relationships, parts of our selves and our lives. I wonder, what have you laid in the tomb this Holy Week? This past year?  Continue reading What Have You Laid In The Tomb? – A Holy Saturday Sermon On John 19:38-42