This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. We're in the midst of our annual Stewardship Campaign, and today's theme was "Giving God our Worship Changes Everything." The theme scripture reading was 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. Once upon a time, there was a group of people who wanted to identify who they … Continue reading Called Together (Sermon)
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday after Epiphany. The text I preached on was 1 Corinthians 12:1-12. It's the second week (should have been the third, but ice happened last weekend) of our Stewardship Campaign. Ruth Bader Ginsburg enrolled in Harvard Law School in 1956. She … Continue reading You Have Spiritual Gifts (Sermon)
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Epiphany of Our Lord. The gospel text was Matthew 2:1-12. Oh, King Herod. Your days were numbered, and you knew it. The magi arrived from the east, and what they told you scared you. They brought word of a birth, a child, … Continue reading Oh, King Herod (Sermon)
This is an adapted form of my sermon for the Nativity of Our Lord, December 24, 2018. As usual, this Christmas Eve sermon took the form of a dialogue between Kermit the Frog and myself. Kermit's lines are in bold print. If you'd prefer to watch a video of this sermon, check it out on … Continue reading Not Just a Frog
This is an adapted form of the "Blue Christmas" sermon I preached this afternoon. Blue Christmas is a special service designed for people who find the holidays especially difficult, perhaps because of the death of a loved one, or a painful diagnosis, or some other loss or suffering. The gospel text was John 1:1-14. The … Continue reading The Light Shines in the Darkness
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The gospel text was Luke 1:39-55. Other texts I referred to were Micah 5:2-5 and Luke 1:26-38. About twenty-seven centuries ago, Micah was a prophet who spoke to the people of Judah. Micah preached a message of judgment. … Continue reading Rejoice, Favored One!
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.