Keeping the Rules or Keeping the Relationship? A Sermon on Matthew 5:21-37

You have heard it said, “The Old Testament is a book of law and judgment.” You have heard it said, “The New Testament is a book of grace and love.” But I say to you, “Welcome to today’s gospel!” (Matthew 5:21-37, Epiphany 6A) Today’s gospel won’t let us make those simple and inaccurate distinctions. Jesus’ words show continuity and consistency between the Old and the … Continue reading Keeping the Rules or Keeping the Relationship? A Sermon on Matthew 5:21-37

Candy Wrappers and the Love of Christ – A Sermon on John 15:9-17; Easter 6B

The collect and readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 15:9-17. The summer before my fourth grade year we moved to my mom’s hometown where we would live while my dad was in Viet Nam. The day before he left we drove to Kansas City and spent the night at the Holiday Inn near … Continue reading Candy Wrappers and the Love of Christ – A Sermon on John 15:9-17; Easter 6B

The Fruitfulness of Staying Connected – A Sermon on John 15:1-8, Easter 5B

The collect and readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter may be found here. The following sermon is based on John 15:1-8. Some branches produce fruit and are pruned, cared for and nurtured. Some branches do not produce fruit and are removed, thrown away and burned. We are a people of productivity. It is, for the most part, the standard by how we live and … Continue reading The Fruitfulness of Staying Connected – A Sermon on John 15:1-8, Easter 5B