Real Confession (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, October 23, 2022. The gospel text was Luke 18:9-14. There was once a Sunday School teacher who taught this story to her students. After telling the story, she helped the kids to understand where the Pharisee had gone wrong, by thinking he was … Continue reading Real Confession (Sermon)

But Nothing Changed (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, September 25, 2022. The gospel reading I preached on was Luke 16:19-31. I recommend you read it here before proceeding with the sermon. Okay. First things first. This story is not about the afterlife. It’s not about God’s plan for us in eternity. … Continue reading But Nothing Changed (Sermon)

A Question for You about the Good Voices

In just two days, my first book, Darkwater: A Pastor’s Memoir of Depression and Faith, will officially be released. I’ve been asking you some questions related to themes in the book. I invite you to answer in the comment section! In the book Darkwater, I talk about hearing the voice of God throughout my life. … Continue reading A Question for You about the Good Voices

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

Who Am I in the Face of the Cross? (Good Friday Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached tonight, Good Friday. The gospel text was John 18:1 -- 19:42. On Sunday, we heard the Passion of Our Lord according to Luke. And I invited you to write down questions that the story brought up in you. A few of you did so, and … Continue reading Who Am I in the Face of the Cross? (Good Friday Sermon)

For You (Maundy Thursday sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this evening, Maundy Thursday. The gospel text was John 13:1-17, 31b-35. I also refer to Numbers 20:1-13. On Sunday, we heard the Passion of Our Lord according to Luke. And I invited you to write down questions that the story brought up in you. A … Continue reading For You (Maundy Thursday sermon)

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)

Living Words (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday after Epiphany. The Gospel reading was Luke 4:14-21. Happy Anniversary! And Happy Stewardship Campaign! I’m going to keep starting my sermons like this for the next few weeks, as we continue to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary as a congregation this … Continue reading Living Words (Sermon)

Lots and Lots of Wine (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday after Epiphany. The Gospel reading was John 2:1-11. Happy Anniversary! For the next year, we are going to be doing something very special at Prince of Peace – we will be celebrating our fiftieth anniversary of ministry together! Fifty years … Continue reading Lots and Lots of Wine (Sermon)

That’ll do, Self. That’ll do.

A long time ago, I read about the difference between maximizers and satisficers. As I understand it (which may be incomplete or just plain wrong, I’ll admit), a maximizer is someone who always needs to find the perfect answer for something, and a satisficer is someone who determines a level that is “good enough,” and … Continue reading That’ll do, Self. That’ll do.