Proper 23B, Sermon, Mark 10:17-31, Hope, Salvation, Death, Resurrection

A New Day, A New Life – A Sermon On Mark 10:17-31

Proper 23B – Mark 10:17-31 “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” I wonder what drove the man to Jesus. I wonder what was going on in his life that caused him to run to Jesus, kneel down, and ask his question. What’s the desperation behind his question? What’s his desire?  We could speculate about him but chances are there have been … Continue reading A New Day, A New Life – A Sermon On Mark 10:17-31

Unless a grain of wheat, Lent, Lent 5B, Sermon, John 12:20-33, Sermon, Detachment, Letting Go

The Secret To Life – A Sermon On John 12:20-33

Seeing Jesus isn’t a spectator sport. It is a way to be followed, a truth to be embodied, a life to be lived. It’s being a grain of wheat that falls into the ground and dies so that it might bear much fruit. That’s where we see him. It’s the letting go, the emptying, the leaving behind, and the dying that makes space for new life to arise. Continue reading The Secret To Life – A Sermon On John 12:20-33

Mark 1:14-20, Sermon, Epiphany 3B, Vocation, Calling, Letting Go, Follow Me,

“Follow Me” Moments – A Sermon On Mark 1:14-20

What if “Follow me” is Jesus’ invitation to every one of us to step into the fullness of our life? What if it is the call to become fully alive? What if it’s about becoming more authentically ourselves, living with integrity, and discovering our truest self? Maybe every time we act in such a way that our life seems to fit and our words and decisions reflect who we really are we are answering Jesus’ call to follow him. Have you ever had the feeling that you just had to do something even though you didn’t exactly know where it would take you or what would happen? It didn’t just feel right. It felt necessary. And to do otherwise would be a betrayal of life and yourself? Maybe that’s what how Simon and Andrew, and James and John felt. Maybe that’s what it feels like to answer Jesus’ call, “Follow me.”  Continue reading “Follow Me” Moments – A Sermon On Mark 1:14-20

Forward Day by Day, John 3:29-30, John the Baptist, Letting Go, Spiritual Growth

A Positive Decrease

John 3:29b-30. “For this reason my joy has been fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease.” I wonder what John the Baptist’s disciples are thinking when they hear him talk about becoming less. Their numbers are decreasing, and Jesus’ group of disciples are increasing. I can imagine them thinking, “And what are you going to do about it, John? This is a problem.” John … Continue reading A Positive Decrease

Casting and Mending – A Sermon on Mark 1:14-20, Epiphany 3B

The collect and readings for the Third Sunday after Epiphany, Year B, may be found here. The following sermon is based on the gospel, Mark 1:14-20. Simon and Andrew were casting a net into the sea for they were fishermen. Day after day it was the same thing; the same sea, the same net, the same boat. Day after day it was wind, water, fish, … Continue reading Casting and Mending – A Sermon on Mark 1:14-20, Epiphany 3B

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 gospel text. Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went … Continue reading Growing Up And Moving Home – A Sermon On Luke 2:41-52