“Lord, who is it?” A Sermon on John 13:21-32

He was the one they had waited for. They had grown up hearing stories of his coming. Then one day he showed up and chose them to be his friends and students, to follow and learn. He took them new…

Dying to See Jesus, A Sermon on John 12:20-36

“Sir, we wish to see Jesus,” they said to Philip. It’s not an unusual request. I suspect most of us have said or thought it. Twice a week the children in our parish school sing, “Open our eyes Lord, we…

Limits or Love? A Sermon on John 12:1-11

Three hundred denarii is just too much money to waste. That’s nearly a year’s worth of daily wages, an annual income. Who does that? Why would anyone do that? That’s neither practical nor reasonable. It makes no sense. Why does…

To Love or to Not Love, A Sermon on John 12:1-8

To love or to not love. That is the question in today’s gospel. It is always the question. Every minute of every day we answer that question. The answer to that question orients our way of being, guides how we…

Walk Away from the Manger

The crowds from last night’s liturgy have gone home. There’s just a few of us here this morning. The noise, song, and voices of last night’s celebration have fallen silent. The candlelight of Christmas Eve has given way to the…

Luke, Tell Me the Story Again!

There are some stories that simply bear repeating. Children want to hear the same old bed time story. Lovers tell the story of meeting and falling in love. Parents tell the story of their child’s birth. Tonight the Church tells…

Nativity Scenes Here, There, Everywhere – A Sermon for Christmas Eve, Luke 2:1-20

I probably need to begin with a disclaimer. My understanding of the nativity has changed. It is not what it used to be. I no longer see the birth of Jesus the way it is so often portrayed. The image…

Grace in a Wage Based World – A Sermon on Matthew 20:1-16, Proper 20A

The collect and reading for today may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 20:1-16. Jesus said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After…

Re-centering – A Sermon on Matthew 16:13-20, Proper 16A

The collect and readings for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16A, may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 16:13-20. When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say that…

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