A New Way to Breathe (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, the Fifth Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was John 13:31-35. I’m like to teach you something new today. It’s called breathing. It’s easy. Here. Do it with me. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. There. Now you can go out and … Continue reading A New Way to Breathe (Sermon)

The Eternal Voice (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was John 10:22-30. It was festival time in Jerusalem, and Jesus was there. It was a hectic time as always, people going in every direction, shouting and singing. So many of the people gathered there … Continue reading The Eternal Voice (Sermon)

What I Didn’t Say to You at a Funeral

Last week, I had the honor of officiating at a graveside funeral. It was simple. The family wanted only the simplest form of funeral – no sermon, no eulogy, just the scripture, the prayers, the commendation, the committal. The woman whom I buried never joined my church – but she was an active worshiper there … Continue reading What I Didn’t Say to You at a Funeral

God Comes to Us — What if We Go to Them? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday in Lent. The gospel reading was Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. God comes to us. This is a message we see throughout the story of scripture. When the Israelites were about to enter the promised land after forty years in the wilderness, … Continue reading God Comes to Us — What if We Go to Them? (Sermon)

You Are Not a Good Person (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday in Lent. The gospel reading was Luke 13:1-9. There’s something we learn in today’s gospel that is disturbing at first. It sounds like bad news at first, but let’s talk about it, and together we’ll see that it’s actually really … Continue reading You Are Not a Good Person (Sermon)

The Third Way of Love (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. There is a third way. There is always a third way. I believe that. Now, I don’t always succeed in acting on that. I don’t even always remember that I believe it. … Continue reading The Third Way of Love (Sermon)

Gabriel’s Story (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The gospel text I used was not the standard one. I used the whole story of the angel Gabriel , Luke 1:8-19, 26-38; 2:8-13a. I preached in character, as the angel Gabriel speaking to a crowd of his fellow … Continue reading Gabriel’s Story (Sermon)

The Raising of a Trauma (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday in Lent. You can view this sermon, along with the whole service, if you like, at Prince of Peace Ev. Lutheran Church's website. The gospel reading was John 11:1-45. "Lazarus, come out!" Don’t you wish that someone would call your … Continue reading The Raising of a Trauma (Sermon)

Tempting the Church (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday in Lent. The gospel text was Matthew 4:1-11. So Jesus had a party for his baptism. But it wasn’t like the parties that my wife and I hosted for our kids’ baptisms. Shortly after our daughter Zoe was baptized, we … Continue reading Tempting the Church (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)