Advent, A Season of Uncategorized Life – A Sermon on John 1:6-8, 19-28

Most of you have heard enough of my preaching and teaching to know that when it comes to either/or questions my default response is “yes.” Is it this or is it that? Yes. This isn't about playing a game, being…

Advent, A Season in the Wilderness – A Sermon on Mark 1:1-8

The wilderness, John the Baptist, preparing the way of the Lord. They are three major images in today’s gospel, Mark 1:1-8. They are three signposts on the Advent journey. They are three windows into our heart. I want us to…

Advent, the Season of Necessary Endings – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37

By now most of you probably know that the primary focus of my priesthood and ministry is the growth and development of our inner life. It’s the core of my preaching, teaching, and our life together at St. Philip’s. The…

Witnesses and Interrogators – A Sermon on John 1:6-8, 19-28; Advent 3B

The collect and readings for the Third Sunday of Advent may be found here. The following sermon focuses on the gospel, John 1:6-8, 19-28. There are, today’s gospel suggests, two ways of approaching life and God’s presence in the world.…

Expectations, Baggage, and God

Remember packing for the last trip you took? Suitcases, backpacks, bags. Sometimes packing can be the most stressful part of the journey. What did you take? What did you leave behind? Why did you take what you did? Most of…

“In Those Days….” – A Sermon on Mark 13:24-37, Advent 1B

The collect and readings for the First Sunday in Advent, Year B, may be found here. The following sermon focuses on Mark 13:24-37. “In those days….” So begins our entry into the Season of Advent. It sounds ominous and it…

Who Cares? A Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A

The collect and readings for the Second Sunday of Advent may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 3:1-12. In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has…

Sermon For Advent 2C

The collect and readings for yesterday, the Second Sunday of Advent may be found here. The appointed gospel was Luke 3:1-6. In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod…

Sermon for Advent 1C – Faithfulness Not Forecasting

The collect and readings for yesterday, the First Sunday of Advent, may be found here. The appointed gospel was Luke 21:25-36. 25“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations…

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