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)
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)
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday of Easter. Since we have lectionary readings from the book of Revelation for the whole season of Easter this year, I decided to preach a sermon series on this oft-misunderstood book. This is the first in a six-week series. The … Continue reading Crazy Uncle Revelation (Sermon)
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning for Resurrection of Our Lord (Easter Day). The gospel text was Luke 24:1-12. Previously on “The Gospel of Luke”: Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. He wrapped it in a linen cloth and laid it in a tomb. The … Continue reading What If… (Easter sermon)
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached at the Great Vigil of Easter this morning. The gospel text was John 20:1-18. Rabbouni. That was the word Mary said to Jesus once she knew it was really him. Once Mary believed that Jesus had risen from the dead, she spoke one word, Rabbouni. … Continue reading The Opposite of a Black Hole (Easter Vigil Sermon)
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this afternoon, at a "Holy Saturday Healing Service." The texts I used were Ezekiel 37:1-14; Zephaniah 3:14-20; and Isaiah 61:1-4, 9-11. A man went to his doctor because of an unusual ache, and she ordered a test to see if it might be cancer. The doctor … Continue reading The Sabbath of Waiting (Sermon)
While doing some work on my upcoming sermons, I found a website called "My Jewish Learning," which is designed as an encyclopedia of sorts for all things Jewish, to aid everyone from a synagogue leader looking to deepen her knowledge to a newcomer considering converting to Judaism. It has a nice article by Rabbi Ismar … Continue reading Easter is not about ME ME ME!
I did not preach a sermon in worship today. Today is Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday, which means that the gospel reading is the entire story of the passion of Christ, from the Last Supper through his burial. This year, the passion gospel was Luke 22:14 -- 23:56. Since the gospel itself takes … Continue reading Rambling about the Fulfillment of Scripture
Hebrew law, according to Deuteronomy 25:1-3, allowed for flogging as a punishment for a crime. However, the number of lashes allowed in a flogging were to be no more than forty. "If more than that is given, your fellow Israelite would be completely disgraced in your eyes" (Deuteronomy 25:3, Common English Bible). Because forty was … Continue reading Thirty-Nine
This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was Luke 24:36b-48. Think of a place you love, a place you get excited about. Maybe it’s a place you go on vacation, or a childhood home, or something else. Think of a place that … Continue reading What are You Excited About?