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

Sermon, Truth, Christ the King, John 18:33-37

The Truth Does Not Belong to Us – A Sermon on John 18:33-37

“Are you the King of the Jews?” (From John 18:33-37, the gospel for Christ the King Sunday) It’s a simple question and Pilate wants a simple answer, a simple truth. Yes or no. You either are or you aren’t. Which is it? That’s the kind of question I always tried to ask when I was practicing law. Yes or no? This or that? I wanted … Continue reading The Truth Does Not Belong to Us – A Sermon on John 18:33-37

Here is the Man – A Good Friday Sermon on John 18:1-19:42

“Here is the man.” (From the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John 18:1-19:42) Pilate has spoken a truth beyond the words we hear and beyond the man we see. Who is this man? Who do you see? To whom is Pilate referring? Yes, it is Jesus of Nazareth. He’s wearing a crown of thorns and dressed in a purple robe. He’s … Continue reading Here is the Man – A Good Friday Sermon on John 18:1-19:42

Ash Wednesday, Lent, Sermon, Mortality, Immortality, Matthew 6:1-6 16-21

Welcome to the Human Race – An Ash Wednesday Sermon, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

A couple of years ago I was talking with a women who is and has been for many years my therapist, counselor, mentor, and teacher all rolled into one. I told her that I worked really hard to always get it right, to have the answer, to always know what to do, to speak the right words, to be strong and in control, to do … Continue reading Welcome to the Human Race – An Ash Wednesday Sermon, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Healing the Fever of Disconnection – A Sermon on Mark 1:29-39

“Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever” (from Mark 1:29-39, Epiphany 5B). You know what that’s like, right? Picture that in your mind. She’s in bed, flat on her back. No energy. No enthusiasm. She is separated from family, friends, and her usual activities. She’s alive but not really living, certainly not to the fullness she wants. Her world is as small and flat … Continue reading Healing the Fever of Disconnection – A Sermon on Mark 1:29-39

Baptism of Jesus, Mark 1:4-11, Sermon, Baptism, Theophany, Epiphany

Into What Then Were You Baptized? – A Sermon on Mark 4:1-11

I remember someone saying to me many years ago, “I’ve had a bad decade. There are things I wish I could re-do. I’d make different choices. So many words I wish I hadn’t said. Relationships that I’d do differently.” It probably doesn’t take a lot of imagination to know what he means. It may not have been a decade but I suspect all of us … Continue reading Into What Then Were You Baptized? – A Sermon on Mark 4:1-11

Star of Bethlehem, Feast of the Epiphany, Wise Men, Magi, Matthew 2:1-12, Sermon

When a Star Isn’t a Star – An Epiphany Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12

“For we observed his star at its rising.” Wise men from the East have followed this star to Jerusalem. They will follow it to Bethlehem. They will be overwhelmed with joy when it stops over the house where the child is. For they have come to pay homage to this child who has been born king of the Jews. Some people have said that star … Continue reading When a Star Isn’t a Star – An Epiphany Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12

Luke 2:41-52, Sermon, Jesus at age 12, Christmas 2, Christ Among the Doctors, Growing Up

No Longer a Manger Baby: Letting Jesus Grow Up – A Sermon on Luke 2:41-52

“Child, why have you treated us like this?” Sound familiar? Do you know those words? Do they take you back to another time, another place? Think back to your childhood. Do you remember hearing those words or words like them? Think about your own children and your parenting of them. Did you ever say anything like that? Mary’s question to Jesus in today’s gospel (Luke … Continue reading No Longer a Manger Baby: Letting Jesus Grow Up – A Sermon on Luke 2:41-52

Adoration of the Shepherds, Luke 2:8-20, Sermon, Christmas Day, Nativity of Jesus, Incarnation, James Tissot

From Fact to Meaning – A Christmas Day Sermon on Luke 2:8-20

So what’s next? The crowds have dispersed, the hymns have been sung, and Christmas Eve has given way to the dawn of a new day. This morning’s light has overcome the night’s darkness. The waiting is over. The child has been born and the angel has announced the good news of great joy. So now what? What comes after the birth announcement? What do we … Continue reading From Fact to Meaning – A Christmas Day Sermon on Luke 2:8-20

Luke 2:1-14, Christmas, Sermon, Nativity of Jesus, Manger, Angel'g Good News to the Shepherds

The Manger of Christ Never Disappoints – A Christmas Eve Sermon on Luke 2:1-14

“To you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:1-14) That says it all. That’s the Christmas truth. It’s the only thing that needs to be said or really even can be said. And it’s the only thing I have to tell you tonight. Nothing more, nothing less. They are the angel’s words to … Continue reading The Manger of Christ Never Disappoints – A Christmas Eve Sermon on Luke 2:1-14