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Seeing All There is to See – A Sermon on John 9:1-41

Everything about Jesus, his life, his words, his actions, are a judgment on our lives and world. That judgment offers us the chance to see as he sees, to live as he lives, and to be as he is. His judgment, however, is not an adjudication for the purpose of punishment. Rather, it is a diagnosis for the purpose of healing and life. Jesus always casts his judgment with an eye toward change and transformation. Its purpose is to show us the way, the truth, and the life. Continue reading Seeing All There is to See – A Sermon on John 9:1-41

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What Will You Bring to the Manger? – A Christmas Eve Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

Luke 2:1-20 I come to this Christmas Eve with mixed feelings. This has been one of those years when it seemed as if Christmas just couldn’t get here soon enough. I’ve felt an urgency and necessity about Christmas this year that I haven’t in recent years. And yet, I also find Christmas this year to be more challenging and difficult. Here’s why I say that. … Continue reading What Will You Bring to the Manger? – A Christmas Eve Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

Sermon, Resurrection, Easter, Believing, John 20:19-31

He Came Back – A Sermon on John 20:19-31

John 20:19-31 Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. It just sort of rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Alleluia. Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia. It was the highpoint of last week’s Easter liturgy. It was today’s opening acclamation and will be for the next several weeks. But here’s what I wonder. Is it really that simple? That … Continue reading He Came Back – A Sermon on John 20:19-31

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Resurrection, The First Day Stories of our Life – An Easter Sermon on Luke 24:1-12

Easter Sunday, Luke 24:1-12 “He is not here, but has risen.” That’s it. That’s all I got. That’s the Easter story. There’s really nothing more to be said about this day than that. To say much more than that borders on saying more than we really know or can know. I don’t know how it happened. I have no proof or explanations. All I have … Continue reading Resurrection, The First Day Stories of our Life – An Easter Sermon on Luke 24:1-12

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Retelling the Flight to Egypt – A Sermon on Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

“Flee to Egypt.” With those words echoing in his ears Joseph got up, took Jesus and Mary by night and went to Egypt. Regardless of whether this story really happened the way Matthew tells it, it’s not hard to know that it’s true. The names and faces might change but it’s a story that continues to be lived in lands throughout the world today. We’ve … Continue reading Retelling the Flight to Egypt – A Sermon on Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

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What Is Your Christmas Story? – A Christmas Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

“Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place.” That’s what the shepherds said after the angels had left them and gone into heaven. It wasn’t enough to just hear the good news. It wasn’t enough to just receive the birth announcement. Somewhere deep within they wanted to be a part of this thing that had taken place. The angel’s … Continue reading What Is Your Christmas Story? – A Christmas Sermon on Luke 2:1-20

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What Then Should We Do? – An Advent Sermon on Luke 3:7-18

“What then should we do?” That question is at the center of today’s gospel. It has its origin, however, in last week’s gospel and John the Baptist’s call for repentance. Today’s gospel (Luke 3:7-18) is the continuation of last week’s (Luke 3:1-6). You may remember the refrain from last week: Repent. Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight. Valleys shall be filled. … Continue reading What Then Should We Do? – An Advent Sermon on Luke 3:7-18

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Repentance, Responsibility, and San Bernardino – An Advent Sermon on Luke 3:1-6

Repent. Prepare the way of the Lord. Make his paths straight. Valleys shall be filled. Mountains and hills shall be made low. The crooked shall be made straight. The rough ways shall be made smooth. By themselves those words have no meaning. They need context. That’s true for any word. We might be able to define a word but it really has no meaning until … Continue reading Repentance, Responsibility, and San Bernardino – An Advent Sermon on Luke 3:1-6

Sermon, Advent, Advent 1C, Signs, Luke 21:25-36

There Will Be Signs – An Advent Sermon on Luke 21:25-36

“There will be signs,” Jesus said (from the gospel for the First Sunday of Advent, Luke 21:25-36). When I was a child one of the signs I always looked forward to was my Advent calendar. Every year about this time my sister and I were given a new Advent calendar. It was usually a beautiful picture that had a bunch of little numbered doors, one … Continue reading There Will Be Signs – An Advent Sermon on Luke 21:25-36