Recognizing the One Who is to Come – A Sermon on Matthew 11:2-11

"Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another” (from Matthew 11:2-11, Advent 3A)? That doesn’t sound like the guy we heard from last week. So what’s happened to John the Baptist? Last week…

Too Content to Repent? A Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A

“Repent for the kingdom of heaven has come near” (From Matthew 3:1-12, Advent 2A). Those words drew the people to John the Baptist. The people of Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region along the Jordan went to him. I wonder…

A Reversal of Fortune to Celebrate – A Sermon for the Feast of All Saints, Luke 6:20-31

Nothing has power to change us, confront us with reality, open our ears to a new truth, or turn our life in a different direction like a reversal of fortune can; a time when our world is turned upside down…

Unanswered Prayer? A Sermon on Luke 11:1-13

“One of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’” (From Luke 11:1-13, Proper 12C.) As I recall my own life of prayer, prayers I have heard, and conversations I have had about prayer I can’t help but…

Choosing Like Mary and Martha, A Sermon on Luke 10:38-42

“There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part." (From Luke 10:38-42, Proper 11C and the Feast of Mary and Martha.) There have been times when I made a choice and I knew deep within it…

The True Image Defeats Legion – A Sermon on Luke 8:26-39

“Jesus then asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘Legion;’ for many demons had entered him.” (From Luke 8:26-39, Proper 7C) He called himself Legion but that is not his true name. That is not who he is. It…

The Stone has been Rolled Away and the Tomb is Empty, Luke 24:1-12

He died but he’s not dead. That’s the paradox of Easter. It’s the story we tell every year. It never changes. It always ends the same way. The stone has been rolled away and the tomb is empty. I can’t explain…

In the Hell of Life, Holy Saturday

“When one door closes another opens,” goes an old and popular saying. But what about that time in between, after one door closes but before another opens? What do we do then? As a friend of mine once said, “It’s…

A New Position and Role as Lover, John 13:1-17, 31-35

It’s not hard to imagine that after the supper fiasco in Bethany - Mary anointing Jesus’ feet, Judas’ outburst, and Jesus talking about his death - the disciples might have been looking forward to a quiet evening, just a regular…

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