Grace in a Wage Based World – A Sermon on Matthew 20:1-16, Proper 20A

The collect and reading for today may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 20:1-16. Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others … Continue reading Grace in a Wage Based World – A Sermon on Matthew 20:1-16, Proper 20A

Re-centering – A Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20, Proper 16A

The collect and readings for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16A, may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 16:13-20. When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” … Continue reading Re-centering – A Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20, Proper 16A

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

Crossing the Jabbok – A Sermon on Genesis 32:22-31 (Jacob Wrestling), Proper 13A

The collect and readings for today, Proper 13A, the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost may be found here. The Old Testament reading, Genesis 32:22-31 , serves as the basis for the sermon below. The same night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, … Continue reading Crossing the Jabbok – A Sermon on Genesis 32:22-31 (Jacob Wrestling), Proper 13A

Waking Up With Leah – A Sermon for Proper 12A: Genesis 29:15-28; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

The collect and readings for today, the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 12A, may be found here. The following sermon is based on Genesis 29:15-28 and Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. Genesis 29:15-28 Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the elder was … Continue reading Waking Up With Leah – A Sermon for Proper 12A: Genesis 29:15-28; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Life on the Run – A Sermon on Genesis 28:10-19 (Jacob’s Ladder), Proper 11A

The collect and readings for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 11A, may be found here. The following sermon is based on the Old Testament reading, Genesis 28:10-19. Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his … Continue reading Life on the Run – A Sermon on Genesis 28:10-19 (Jacob’s Ladder), Proper 11A

It’s About God, Not The Dirt – A Sermon on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Proper 10A

The collect and readings for the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, Proper 10A, may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, … Continue reading It’s About God, Not The Dirt – A Sermon on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, Proper 10A

The Yoke of Christ – A Sermon on Matthew 16:11-30, Proper 9A

The collect and readings for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 9A, may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30. I have, however, included the omitted verses, 20-24. “But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we … Continue reading The Yoke of Christ – A Sermon on Matthew 16:11-30, Proper 9A

The Choreography of Love – A Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Trinity, Matthew 28:16-20

The collect and readings for the Feast of the Holy Trinity may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 28:16-20. The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. … Continue reading The Choreography of Love – A Sermon for the Feast of the Holy Trinity, Matthew 28:16-20