It Begins with Water and Promise (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached on Sunday, January 8, 2023, The Baptism of Our Lord. The gospel text was Matthew 3:13-17. The video of the sermon hasn't yet been posted to YouTube -- when it is, hopefully I'll remember to replace this sentence with a link to it. This is … Continue reading It Begins with Water and Promise (Sermon)

While Quirinius was Governor (Christmas Eve Sermon)

Every Christmas Eve for the last ten years, my sermons have been odd. They've been dialogue sermons between me and Kermit the Frog. (You see, I discovered about twelve years ago that I have the ability to do an uncanny Kermit the Frog impression, and then eventually discovered it's a spiritual gift.) This is the … Continue reading While Quirinius was Governor (Christmas Eve Sermon)

Finding the Light of Christmas (Blue Christmas Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached for a Blue Christmas service on December 18, 2022. The gospel reading I preached on was John 1:1-14. You can watch the service here. The gospel reading and sermon begin around 14:30. I think there are at least two sides to Christmas. One of them … Continue reading Finding the Light of Christmas (Blue Christmas Sermon)

Advent Blue

For my personal Advent devotions this year, I've been reading the book Wounded in Spirit: Advent Art and Meditations by David Bannon. Each day of Advent is devoted to a visual artist, usually a painter. Two or three of the artist's works are shared in full color, and an accompaning essay (or meditation) tells the … Continue reading Advent Blue

On Podcasts and Repentance (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on the Second Sunday of Advent, December 4, 2022. The gospel reading was Matthew 3:1-12. To view this sermon on YouTube, click here for the whole service (the gospel begins at 20:29, followed by the sermon). Before we talk about today’s gospel reading, I want … Continue reading On Podcasts and Repentance (Sermon)

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)

Wrestling with God (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The texts I preached on were Genesis 32:22-31 and Luke 18:1-8. We were also celebrating "Harvest Home." Walter was a wrestler. Well, kind of. In a way. I mean, really, he was a farmer, and he was one of the most hard-working people … Continue reading Wrestling with God (Sermon)

I Am So Grateful (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached Sunday, October 9, 2022. The gospel reading was Luke 17:11-19. The seed of this sermon was an article I wrote for last week's edition of my newsletter Biblia Luna. Have you checked out Biblia Luna? It's filled with my thoughts on the intersection of faith … Continue reading I Am So Grateful (Sermon)

A Seed is All the Seed it Needs (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Sunday, October 2, 2022. The gospel text was Luke 17:5-10. Now, right before this passage, Jesus had given his disciples some hard commands. He just told them they had to avoid being a stumbling block to anyone, and he told them that if someone … Continue reading A Seed is All the Seed it Needs (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)