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

Easter Unlocked And Opened – A Sermon On John 20:19-31

The Second Sunday of Easter – John 20:19-31 Every year I come to this day – the Second Sunday of Easter – and I wonder what difference last Sunday – Easter Sunday – has made. Are our lives and world different because of Easter and, if so, how and in what ways? Look around. What do you see? Has your life changed? Are you living … Continue reading Easter Unlocked And Opened – A Sermon On John 20:19-31

Longing And Fear – An Epiphany Sermon On Matthew 2:1-12

The Epiphany – Matthew 2:1-12 I recently overhead a man say, “I don’t want to work until I’m too old to live.” He didn’t elaborate or explain what he meant but his words have stayed with me. I think it’s one of those statements that says more than the words he spoke. My guess is that it’s not really even about his work. After all, … Continue reading Longing And Fear – An Epiphany Sermon On Matthew 2:1-12

Charlottesville, Fear, Courage, Social Justice, Matthew 14:22-33, Violence, Jesus, I Am

I Look At Charlottesville And I Am Afraid – A Sermon on Matthew 14:22-33

The boat of our life is far from land right now. The night is dark, the waves are high, and the wind is strong. There is every reason to be afraid but I don’t want to live in fear and I don’t want you to either. I want us to see the light that shines in the darkness of this night, a light the darkness cannot overcome. I want us to hear the waves slapping against the bottom of Jesus’ feet as he walks toward us. I want us to feel the wind of change. I want us to make room in the boat for Jesus. Continue reading I Look At Charlottesville And I Am Afraid – A Sermon on Matthew 14:22-33

Matthew 14:22-33, Proper 14A, Sermon, Fear, Jesus Walking on Water, Henry Ossawa Tanner

No Fear – A Sermon on Matthew 14:22-33

“And they cried out in fear” (Matthew 14:22-32, Proper 14A). When I was a kid the door to the stairway going upstairs at my grandmother’s house was always kept closed. It was never left open and rarely did anyone go up there. I never asked my grandmother about that. I didn’t need to. I had been warned. My older cousin had told me all about … Continue reading No Fear – A Sermon on Matthew 14:22-33

Run For Your Life, You Will See Him – An Easter Sermon on Matthew 28:1-10

The collect and readings for Easter may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 28:1-10. After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. … Continue reading Run For Your Life, You Will See Him – An Easter Sermon on Matthew 28:1-10