Coming Clean With Ourselves – A Sermon On Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Several years ago I was teaching a class about today’s gospel (Luke 15:1-3, 11-32), the Parable of the Prodigal Son. As soon as class was finished a man who had been sitting in the back of the room started coming…

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…

Who Would You Be If You Ever Became Fully Yourself? – A Sermon on Matthew 10:24-39

Who would you be if you ever became fully yourself? What new possibilities might arise? How would your relationships change? What fears would disappear? How do you imagine your life would be different?

The sword Jesus brings is the sword of separation. It is neither a rejection of family and relationships nor is it destructive of life. Rather, Jesus’ sword of separation is generative of life and relationships. It unbinds, frees, and brings about the separateness necessary for growing up and finding life.

No Longer a Manger Baby: Letting Jesus Grow Up – A Sermon on Luke 2:41-52

“Child, why have you treated us like this?” Sound familiar? Do you know those words? Do they take you back to another time, another place? Think back to your childhood. Do you remember hearing those words or words like them?…

Growing Up And Moving Home – A Sermon On Luke 2:41-52

The lectionary offers three options for the Second Sunday After Christmas. My parish will be celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. We used the Matthew option last year. So this year I choose Luke 2:41-52 as our…

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