What Haunts You Today? – A Sermon On Mark 6:14-29

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost: Proper 10, Year B - Mark 6:14-29 Photo by sankavi on Unsplash Do you ever feel like your life is haunted, like something unresolved has come to visit? Do you ever feel like something is wandering…

The Hometown Disadvantage – A Sermon On Mark 6:1-13

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 9, Year B - Mark 6:1-13 Nazareth as depicted on Byzantine mosaic. Photograph by Meister der Kahriye-Cami-Kirche in Istanbul. Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons “Jesus came to his hometown.” He's left that place where he healed…

The Divine Touch – A Sermon On Mark 5:21-43

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8, Year B - Mark 5:21-43 Photo by Jackson David on Unsplash I’m usually the one that drives when my wife, Cyndy, and I go somewhere. If we’re going further than a few blocks I almost always roll…

God’s Seedy People – A Sermon On Mark 4:26-34

Third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 6, Year B - Mark 4:26-34, the Parable of the Growing Seed. The Sower by Vincent van Gogh - 1. The Vincent van Gogh Gallery. The Bridgeman Art Library, Object 593575, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons…

Where Are You? – A Sermon On Genesis 3:8-15

About a week and a half ago I was sitting at the kitchen counter with my wife, Cyndy, supper was cooking, and we were talking. Somewhere in our conversation she asked, “Where are you?” She could see that I was…

Our Advocates – A Pentecost Sermon On John 15:26-27; 16:4-15

In today’s gospel Jesus talks about the coming of the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth. What if the Advocate, in whatever ways she or he shows up, comes not to advocate to another on our behalf but to advocate to us on our own behalf?  They are truth tellers for us. They call us more deeply into our authentic selves. They are the ones who transform and change our lives. Who are those people for you?

Working Out Our Life – A Sermon On John 17:6-19

In today’s gospel Jesus is praying. He’s not talking to the disciples and he’s not talking to us. He’s not teaching and he’s not giving instructions. He’s praying, and we’re listening in. And what a prayer it is. What do you hear in his prayer? I’m not just asking about what he prays for. I’m asking about what’s behind his prayer. What’s going on in him? What’s his prayer really about?

Wholehearted Life – A Sermon On John 15:1-8

Fifth Sunday of Easter, Year B - John 15:1-8 Photo by Maja Petric on Unsplash Think about what you do in your daily life that just leaves you exhausted. I am talking about the things that leave you emotionally drained and physically worn…

Love Without Reserve – A Sermon On John 10:11-18

What if you and I are to be good shepherds too? What if laying down life is really about love and how we are to love? Isn’t that what we heard in today’s epistle (1 John 3:16-24)? “We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us - and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.” I wonder where that kind of love is in your life today, what it asks of you, what it offers you. Is it in your marriage, parenting, friendships? At work? Is it the lens through which you see the world and the daily struggles of people? Is it at the heart of your conversations, actions, decisions? If it is, what does it look like? How are you experiencing it? And if it’s not, why not? What would your need to change to love that way?

Here’s My Question – An Easter Sermon On Mark 16:1-18

Alleluia. Christ is risen. I wonder what that means for you today and why it matters. I don’t think we can understand what today really means apart from this past week. Without Holy Week we risk coming to this day and asking, “Risen from what?” We risk coming to this day believing it is only about Jesus’ resurrection and not our own. And what good is it to us if Jesus has been raised but we have not?

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