Searching For Wholeness And Completeness – A Sermon On Luke 15:1-10

If you were to imagine your life as whole and complete what would that look like and mean for you today? What qualities or characteristics would describe that kind of life? And what keeps that from happening? What is missing…

Changing The Picture of Life – A Sermon On Luke 13:10-17

I suspect we’ve all seen before and after pictures; before and after the diet or workout plan, before and after a re-model, before and after a particular event or experience. If you looked at my before St. Philip's pictures you'd…

If That’s What Faith Is Like … – A Sermon On Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

“By faith Abraham … set out [for a place], not knowing where he was going.” How’s your faith these days? I ask that question because there are events, times, and seasons in each of our lives when everything we thought…

Pulling Back The Husks On My Life – An Ash Wednesday Sermon On Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Photo by Ahna Ziegler on Unsplash Most weeks as I am preparing my sermon at some point I call a retired priest who, for almost thirty years, has been my spiritual director, mentor, and one of my two best friends. We talk about…

God Wastes Nothing Of Our Lives – A Funeral Sermon On Romans 8:14-19, 34-35, 37-39

Photo by OC Gonzalez on Unsplash Where to begin? What to say?  He was a good man, a crazy friend, a character, an operator, an entrepreneur. He was a story teller, funny, gregarious, outgoing, and mischievous. He was a rancher, a pilot, an…

Jesus’ Prescription For Healing And Wholeness – A Sermon On Mark 9:38-50

Photo by Alexandros Chatzidimos from Pexels A friend of mine often says, “Sometimes the good news is bad news before it is good news.” That sure fits today’s gospel (Mark 9:38-50). Today’s gospel tells us that the prognosis is good…

When The Gospel Gets Flesh And Blood Real – A Sermon On John 6:56-69

“But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about [his teaching], said to them, ‘Does this offend you?’” Let’s start there. Who’s offended by today’s gospel (John 6:56-69)? Raise your hand if you are. Anyone? No one? When was…

Is There Life Within You? – A Sermon On John 6:51-58

Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash Several years ago my mom and dad went to a reunion of some of their military friends. It was a gathering of the old soldiers and their wives. The men had served together in…

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…

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