Share. Play Fair. Don’t be a Bully.

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday of Advent. The gospel lection was Luke 3:7-18. John gives some surprisingly practical advice in today’s gospel. It’s surprising to me, anyway. I mean, John is out there in the desert, shouting at those who come to him, calling them … Continue reading Share. Play Fair. Don’t be a Bully.

Waiting in the Darkness

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached yesterday, the First Sunday of Advent. The gospel reading was Luke 21:25-36. I must confess: this sermon drew a lot from a sermon by Frederick Buechner entitled "Waiting," found in his book Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons. I hope I haven't breached … Continue reading Waiting in the Darkness

The Beginning of the Birth Pangs

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 13:1-8. I also referred to the other readings as well, Daniel 12:1-3 and Hebrews 10:11-25. When? When? When, O Lord, are the buildings going to fall? When are the wars you predict to come? When will nation rise … Continue reading The Beginning of the Birth Pangs

Learning from Women

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Mark 12:38-44, the story of the so-called "widow's mite."  I am growing a moustache for the month of November in support of a movement called “Movember.” Movember started about fifteen years ago in Australia, and is now embraced worldwide. … Continue reading Learning from Women

Clinging

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, All Saints Sunday. The gospel text was John 11:32-44, the raising of Lazarus. One day, not long after Halloween, a day not unlike today, a monkey came upon a jar filled with Halloween candy. It’s not important how this jar got into the … Continue reading Clinging

Oh, the Places You’re Free

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, Reformation Sunday. It was also the occasion of the Confirmation of two of our youth, Erinn and Jared. The gospel reading was John 8:31-36. As part of the sermon, I read aloud from a copyrighted book; instead of printing the book's word's here, I … Continue reading Oh, the Places You’re Free

Red Prayer, Blue Prayer

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. I left the lectionary behind today, and used this gospel text: Matthew 6:25-33. Jesus tells us not to worry. Don’t worry about what you will eat, what you will drink, what you will wear. Consider the lilies of the field. The birds of … Continue reading Red Prayer, Blue Prayer