You and Your Father In Secret (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, Ash Wednesday. The gospel text was Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. Long-time readers of this blog may notice a distinct influence from a retreat I took three years ago. Did you ever get the sense that God is hiding from you? Maybe you feel like there’s … Continue reading You and Your Father In Secret (Sermon)

The Mountains of Matthew (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Transfiguration of Our Lord. The gospel reading was Matthew 17:1-9. Something amazing, absolutely astonishing, happened on top of a mountain in today’s gospel reading. But I think in order to really see what was so astonishing, we need to take a step … Continue reading The Mountains of Matthew (Sermon)

Jonah on the Mount (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel reading was Matthew 5:21-37, the third consecutive reading from the Sermon on the Mount. The sermon presupposes two things: first, that you just heard the gospel reading. (Well, they all presuppose that, but this one more … Continue reading Jonah on the Mount (Sermon)

Letting Your Light Shine (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel reading was Matthew 5:13-20. This was a really gimmicky sermon, so I'm going to write it like a script. I think that's the best way to present it in written format. MICHAEL: So, in today’s gospel…In … Continue reading Letting Your Light Shine (Sermon)

Blessed are You (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Sunday, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. Many apologies for the lateness of this post -- it's been a busy week. The gospel reading was Matthew 5:1-10, the "Beatitudes." Today’s gospel is about being blessed. It’s about blessings. And we know that we have been … Continue reading Blessed are You (Sermon)

Stoking the Fire

I had a very intriguing meeting at church this evening. Lent begins in about a month, and we were discussing what we would be offering this year as a midweek Lenten observance. Some years we offer a worship service, other years an educational opportunity. We decided that it was time to offer some sort of … Continue reading Stoking the Fire

Slow Telling of a Story 2: Waiting for the Edit

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how hard it's been to be patient through the publishing process, how slowly everything seems to be moving, how frustrating that pace has been at times. You can read that post here. Things look a little different to me now, because I just had my first phone conversation … Continue reading Slow Telling of a Story 2: Waiting for the Edit

Tap Tap (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel text was Matthew 4:12-23. I'll have to explain how some of the sermon worked. I started by walking through the congregation, tapping five people on the shoulder, and telling each of them, "Follow me." I led … Continue reading Tap Tap (Sermon)

Come and See (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel text was John 1:29-42. We meet John the Baptist again, and he’s pointing to Jesus. John was always pointing. If you look at artwork of him over the centuries, you will find that quite often he … Continue reading Come and See (Sermon)

You Are … (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Baptism of Our Lord. The gospel text was Matthew 3:13-17. When my wife and I were expecting our children, we thought a lot about what we would name them. It was an important decision, and there were a lot of things to … Continue reading You Are … (Sermon)