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

Overruling The Unjust Judge – A Sermon On Luke 18:1-8

The collect and readings for the Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 24C, may be found here. The appointed gospel is Luke 18:1-8. Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow … Continue reading Overruling The Unjust Judge – A Sermon On Luke 18:1-8

“Supersize My Faith Please” – Luke 17:5-10

The collect and readings for today, Proper 22C, the Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost, may be found here. The appointed gospel is Luke 17:5-10. The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. “Who … Continue reading “Supersize My Faith Please” – Luke 17:5-10

Waiting For The Unexpected Hour – Luke 12:32-40

The collect and readings for today, Proper 14C, the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, may be found here. The appointed gospel is Luke 12:32-40. Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in … Continue reading Waiting For The Unexpected Hour – Luke 12:32-40