Sermon, Advent 1B, Mark 13:24-37, Apocalypse, Darkness,

New Life Emerges From The Dark – A Sermon On Mark 13:24-37

Today’s gospel, like all apocalyptic literature, takes us to those threshold moments that leave us wondering whether things are falling apart or falling into place. By now most of you know me well enough to know that my answer to that is, “Yes. Yes, they are.”

I’m betting every one of you could tell a story about a threshold time in your life. I wonder what that threshold is for you today. Continue reading New Life Emerges From The Dark – A Sermon On Mark 13:24-37

Matthew 14:22-33, Sermon, Ghosts, Jesus Walks On Water, Peter Walks On Water

Facing Our Ghosts – A Sermon On Matthew 14:22-33

The miracle, the good news, the hope for every one of us, is that sometimes Jesus comes to us disguised as a ghost. The ghost the disciples see and the Jesus they can’t see are two sides of the same thing, a holy ghost, a life giving ghost. The ghost that frightened them also carried the divine presence. The ghost they were convinced would take their life also carried the power to give life. There is always more to the ghosts of our life than we see or believe. Continue reading Facing Our Ghosts – A Sermon On Matthew 14:22-33

Sermon, Epiphany 2C, John 2:1-11, Faith, Hope, Miracle, Transformation, Wedding at Cana

Water Does Not Turn Into Wine – A Sermon On John 2:1-11

I don’t know if Jesus literally and physically turned water into wine. But then I don’t think that’s the point of today’s gospel. I don’t think this gospel is ultimately about turning water into wine. It’s about calling forth life where there is none. It’s about transformation. It’s about living a new life. Continue reading Water Does Not Turn Into Wine – A Sermon On John 2:1-11

Forward Day by Day, John 5:8, Grace, Healing, Faith

Getting Unstuck

John 5:8. “Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’” I sometimes need to get up and get going. At times, I have put my life on hold. I’ve pushed the pause button. I’ve filed my life in a folder labeled “Action Pending.” These moments mostly happen when I’m waiting for something or someone to change. In those times, I’m as blind, … Continue reading Getting Unstuck

Forward Day by Day, John 4:42, Faith

Secondhand Faith or Firsthand Experience?

John 4:42. “[The Samaritans] said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.’” There’s a difference between listening to someone describe a sunset and seeing the colors for yourself, between reading glowing reviews for a great restaurant and eating a … Continue reading Secondhand Faith or Firsthand Experience?

Dome in Chora Church, Istanbul

The Reaching Down Faith of God – A Sermon on Luke 7:1-10

After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, … Continue reading The Reaching Down Faith of God – A Sermon on Luke 7:1-10

St. Thomas and St. Joseph, Faithful Doubters

How interesting that today, December 21, just four days before Christmas, we celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas, the Apostle. Think of Thomas and most will think about “Doubting Thomas.” Before we can get to the Nativity of our Lord, the manifestation of the incarnation, we must first face Thomas and his “doubts” about the resurrection. James Dennis, writing at Domini Canes, says this “interruption in … Continue reading St. Thomas and St. Joseph, Faithful Doubters

Children and Dogs – A Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28, Proper 15A

The collect and readings for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 9A, may be found here. The appointed gospel is Match 15:21-28. Jesus left Gennesaret and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he … Continue reading Children and Dogs – A Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28, Proper 15A

Keep Your Hands and Feet Inside the Boat – A Sermon on Matthew 14:22-32, Proper 14A

The collect and readings for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 14A, may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 14:22-33. Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there … Continue reading Keep Your Hands and Feet Inside the Boat – A Sermon on Matthew 14:22-32, Proper 14A