Consider Your Own Call (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. The reading I preached on was 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. I also referred to Micah 6:1-8 and Matthew 5:1-12. Consider your own call, brothers and sisters! In our second reading today, Paul writes to the church at Corinth, “Consider … Continue reading Consider Your Own Call (Sermon)

Refreshed with the Power of God (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. It was the Third Sunday after Epiphany, and also the second Sunday of our Stewardship Campaign. I preached on the Second Reading, 1 Corinthians 1:10-18. You can view the sermon here (it starts around 25:40). By God’s great mercy, we are refreshed with … Continue reading Refreshed with the Power of God (Sermon)

It Begins with Water and Promise (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached on Sunday, January 8, 2023, The Baptism of Our Lord. The gospel text was Matthew 3:13-17. The video of the sermon hasn't yet been posted to YouTube -- when it is, hopefully I'll remember to replace this sentence with a link to it. This is … Continue reading It Begins with Water and Promise (Sermon)

Advent Blue

For my personal Advent devotions this year, I've been reading the book Wounded in Spirit: Advent Art and Meditations by David Bannon. Each day of Advent is devoted to a visual artist, usually a painter. Two or three of the artist's works are shared in full color, and an accompaning essay (or meditation) tells the … Continue reading Advent Blue

Wrestling with God (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The texts I preached on were Genesis 32:22-31 and Luke 18:1-8. We were also celebrating "Harvest Home." Walter was a wrestler. Well, kind of. In a way. I mean, really, he was a farmer, and he was one of the most hard-working people … Continue reading Wrestling with God (Sermon)

I Am So Grateful (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached Sunday, October 9, 2022. The gospel reading was Luke 17:11-19. The seed of this sermon was an article I wrote for last week's edition of my newsletter Biblia Luna. Have you checked out Biblia Luna? It's filled with my thoughts on the intersection of faith … Continue reading I Am So Grateful (Sermon)

But Nothing Changed (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, September 25, 2022. The gospel reading I preached on was Luke 16:19-31. I recommend you read it here before proceeding with the sermon. Okay. First things first. This story is not about the afterlife. It’s not about God’s plan for us in eternity. … Continue reading But Nothing Changed (Sermon)

Right Now (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 9:51-62. There are a lot of proverbs out there. I don’t mean the biblical book of proverbs. I mean sayings, folk wisdom, the kinds of things we repeat to ourselves and to each other. You know, things like, … Continue reading Right Now (Sermon)

The Mercy I’ve Been Shown (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The gospel reading was Luke 8:26-39. The sermon was clearly inspired in part by the recent release of my book, Darkwater. The stories in scripture are our stories of faith, stories that tell us about ourselves and … Continue reading The Mercy I’ve Been Shown (Sermon)

On Loneliness (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was John 14:23-29. There’s a story sometimes told among Buddhists. It goes something like this. During the time of the Buddha, there lived a woman named Kisa Gotami. She got married, and gave birth to … Continue reading On Loneliness (Sermon)