Living with Affluenza (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of my sermon from this morning. The gospel text was Luke 12:13-21. Alcoholics Anonymous began in 1939 as a support group designed to help people trying to quit drinking. At the core of AA are twelve steps that each member is expected to follow. These twelve steps include things like … Continue reading Living with Affluenza (Sermon)

The Innkeeper on the J-J Highway (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. It was preached in character, as an imaginary innkeeper on the road between Jerusalem and Jericho (the J-J Highway of the title). The gospel text was the so-called Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37. My name is Josiah. I run an inn … Continue reading The Innkeeper on the J-J Highway (Sermon)

Big Grace, Big Work (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Sunday, July 7. The gospel reading was Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. Apologies for the lateness of this post. God has work for you to do. Do you know how big this work is? Jesus says, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like a flash of … Continue reading Big Grace, Big Work (Sermon)

The Fifth Gospel (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of my sermon from this morning, the Fifth Sunday of Easter. I am continuing my sermon series on the book of Revelation, which I've been affectionately calling "Crazy Uncle Revelation." Today's reading is Revelation 21:1-6. Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is … Continue reading The Fifth Gospel (Sermon)

Who’s in Heaven, Anyway? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. I'm preaching a sermon series on the book of Revelation; today's text was Revelation 7:9-17. Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, a fifty-day season when we focus on Jesus’ resurrection, and what that means for us. Today … Continue reading Who’s in Heaven, Anyway? (Sermon)

The Surprise of the Father (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, the Fourth Sunday in Lent. The gospel reading was Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32, the so-called "Parable of the Prodigal Son." When I recited the gospel right before the sermon, I made an attempt to tell the story slightly differently, emphasizing the younger son's words in … Continue reading The Surprise of the Father (Sermon)

Putting the Lord to the Test (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday in Lent. The gospel text was Luke 4:1-13.  When I think about this gospel story, I often picture Jesus sitting in the desert, and then the devil arrives, walking close to him, whispering temptation after temptation in his ear. And … Continue reading Putting the Lord to the Test (Sermon)