Our Advocates – A Pentecost Sermon On John 15:26-27; 16:4-15

In today’s gospel Jesus talks about the coming of the Advocate, the Spirit of Truth. What if the Advocate, in whatever ways she or he shows up, comes not to advocate to another on our behalf but to advocate to us on our own behalf? 

They are truth tellers for us. They call us more deeply into our authentic selves. They are the ones who transform and change our lives. Who are those people for you? Continue reading Our Advocates – A Pentecost Sermon On John 15:26-27; 16:4-15

Heart, Listening, Truth, Sermon, John 1:43-51, 1 Samuel 3:1-20

Deep Listening – A Sermon On John 1:43-51

If 2020 showed us anything it revealed how necessary that kind of deep and intentional listening is, and how difficult it is to sort through all the voices we hear, both within and outside ourselves, and discern a truthful way forward. I don’t expect that kind of listening to be any less necessary or difficult in 2021.

Who are you listening to these days? Who are you not listening to? What are you listening for? What do you want to hear and what do you not want to hear?
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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