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

Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year B - Genesis 3:8-15 Photo by Ian Keefe on Unsplash 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…

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?

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?

What Troubles Your Soul? – A Sermon On John 12:20-36

Here’s my question: What troubles your soul today? What is the hour from which you want to be saved?  Now before you answer, let me explain what I am asking about. I’m asking about more than just something that upset you or didn’t go your way. I am asking about more than an inconvenience, interruption, or a disappointment. I am asking about those things, events, experiences that shake you to the core. I am asking about those hours that terrify you. I am talking about those memories, thoughts, feelings, or fears that never go away. No matter how hard you try you can’t wish, deny, or ignore them away. They are the things that give you no rest and won’t let you go. They keep stirring up your insides. They hound you through the day and haunt you through the night. They are there when you fall asleep at night and when you wake in the morning. They just keep coming back, coming back, coming back. 

The Most Important Day Of Your Life – A Sermon On Mark 1:9-15

In some ways the past year has felt like a long never ending season of Lent. It has been a time of fasting, self-denial, and giving up; a time when people and things have been lost or taken from us; a time that is continually pointing to our mortality and the fragility of life. What are you doing with all that? And what is all that doing with you? Unless we face our own mortality we can never claim the fullness of life. Unless we recognize the fragility of life we will never discover its true value.

Easter Unlocked And Opened – A Sermon On John 20:19-31

The Second Sunday of Easter - John 20:19-31 By 22Kartika - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons Every year I come to this day - the Second Sunday of Easter - and I wonder what difference last Sunday -…

Life In The Shadow Of The Cross – A Good Friday Sermon

Good Friday - John 18:1-19:42 What about your death gives meaning to your life today? In what ways is death inviting you to live more fully, to connect more deeply with others, to love more freely and completely?  My stomach…

When Life Ebbs Away – A Sermon On Luke 12:13-21

Proper 13C - Luke 12:13-21 “This very night your life is being demanded of you.” What is demanding and taking your life today?  That’s the question I want to begin with. It’s the question that runs through what I am…

Giving Existence To More Life – A Sermon On John 21:1-19

Jesus’ resurrection is a call insisting you and I give existence to more life, whether for ourselves or another. We are the ones to continue the story of resurrection. We are the ones to give concrete existence to resurrection.

A Promise, A Hope, And A Call – A Sermon On Luke 24:1-12 For Easter Sunday

This is your resurrection. This is your Easter. This is your feast day. And that is true for every one of us here. Regardless of who you are, what you’ve done or not done, what has or has not happened in your life, what you believe or don’t believe, the promise remains, hope abides, and the call persists.

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