Christ-Defining Moment (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached tonight, Maundy Thursday. The gospel text was John 13:1-17, 31-35. I didn't really preach on that text, however; I preached more on the theme of the evening, in particular the connection with Passover. There are some moments that are defining. Moments when everything changes. When … Continue reading Christ-Defining Moment (Sermon)

Philip and Nathanael and the Perfume (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The gospel reading was John 12:1-11. This was the introduction of two characters, my own interpretations of Jesus' disciples "Nathanael and Philip." I had fun with this one, and I've got a feeling these two might be appearing … Continue reading Philip and Nathanael and the Perfume (Sermon)

The Surprise of the Father (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, the Fourth Sunday in Lent. The gospel reading was Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32, the so-called "Parable of the Prodigal Son." When I recited the gospel right before the sermon, I made an attempt to tell the story slightly differently, emphasizing the younger son's words in … Continue reading The Surprise of the Father (Sermon)

The Waters of Perseverance (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday in Lent (Year C). The gospel reading was Luke 13:1-9. An adult, whom I'm calling Susan here, was baptized in worship this morning. Our hearts are broken by the news lately. Fifty people were brutally murdered by a terrorist shooter … Continue reading The Waters of Perseverance (Sermon)

Shhhh. It’s okay. I’m here. (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday in Lent. The gospel reading was Luke 13:31-35. I began the sermon with a doll. I held it up to my shoulder, gently patting its back and saying "shhh." I then said, "There you go. Good night," and put it … Continue reading Shhhh. It’s okay. I’m here. (Sermon)

Putting the Lord to the Test (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday in Lent. The gospel text was Luke 4:1-13.  When I think about this gospel story, I often picture Jesus sitting in the desert, and then the devil arrives, walking close to him, whispering temptation after temptation in his ear. And … Continue reading Putting the Lord to the Test (Sermon)

The Third Way (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel reading was Luke 6:27-38.  We live in a stress-filled time. I have heard psychologists describe today’s generation of teenagers as the most-stressed out generation ever. I believe it. And I also believe that that is true … Continue reading The Third Way (Sermon)