Philip and Nathanael and the Perfume (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The gospel reading was John 12:1-11. This was the introduction of two characters, my own interpretations of Jesus' disciples "Nathanael and Philip." I had fun with this one, and I've got a feeling these two might be appearing … Continue reading Philip and Nathanael and the Perfume (Sermon)

The Light Shines in the Darkness

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

Clinging

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, All Saints Sunday. The gospel text was John 11:32-44, the raising of Lazarus. One day, not long after Halloween, a day not unlike today, a monkey came upon a jar filled with Halloween candy. It’s not important how this jar got into the … Continue reading Clinging

Oh, the Places You’re Free

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, Reformation Sunday. It was also the occasion of the Confirmation of two of our youth, Erinn and Jared. The gospel reading was John 8:31-36. As part of the sermon, I read aloud from a copyrighted book; instead of printing the book's word's here, I … Continue reading Oh, the Places You’re Free

“Eat Me,” the Lord Said

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was yet another section of "The Bread of Life Chapter," John 6:51-58. In last week’s sermon, I mentioned that we are what we eat. There’s some truth to that; if you eat healthier, you will in general be healthier. But … Continue reading “Eat Me,” the Lord Said

Fear and Grumbling in Capernaum

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, August 5, 2018. The gospel text was John 6:24-35. Did you ever wonder how we’re supposed to behave as a congregation? Luckily, scripture gives us several models for how to do that. In fact, two of those models are in today’s readings. The … Continue reading Fear and Grumbling in Capernaum

The Body of Christ, Given for …

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached Sunday, July 29. The gospel text was John 6:1-21, John's telling of the Feeding of the Five Thousand and of Jesus walking on the sea.  I wonder what those five thousand people were hungry for? Just food? Perhaps also peace. hope. Comfort. Healing. And Jesus … Continue reading The Body of Christ, Given for …