Lights in the Night Sky (Blue Christmas Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached at our annual Blue Christmas service in 2021. Blue Christmas is a special service designed for people who find the holidays difficult. The gospel I preached on was John 1:1-14. When we think of the night sky at Christmas, I think we tend to think … Continue reading Lights in the Night Sky (Blue Christmas Sermon)

I Accept Myself

There are many things in my life that seem to cause me distress. But it’s not the things themselves that cause the distress – it’s my response to them that causes it. I think this is kind of like the Buddhist teaching that suffering is caused by our attachment to things. It’s not the thing … Continue reading I Accept Myself

The Hardest Words to Say

I have noticed that I have a very difficult relationship with some words. For instance, the sentence, you’re welcome. When someone thanks me for something, I usually respond with, “No problem,” or, “Sure,” or just a nod. I can’t get myself to say the words, “You’re welcome.” I’m not entirely sure why, but I think … Continue reading The Hardest Words to Say

Labyrinth #40: Christ Presbyterian Church, Martinsville, New Jersey

I enjoy walking labyrinths. Labyrinths are maze-like structures that have been used as spiritual tools for centuries. There are many of them around, and I am in the habit of trying to visit a lot of them. For more information about labyrinths, check out The Labyrinth Society. Find where labyrinths are in your area at the … Continue reading Labyrinth #40: Christ Presbyterian Church, Martinsville, New Jersey

God loves us. Why have we forgotten?

The very first creed of the Christian church was two words: Kyrios Iesous. Or, in English, "Jesus is Lord." That was it. At first, there was no Apostles Creed, no virgin birth, no Council of Nicaea, no Holy Trinity, no theories of the redemption. Just two words. Kyrios Iesous. It was a political statement. The … Continue reading God loves us. Why have we forgotten?

What on Earth is Heaven? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 20:27-38. As Lutherans, we don’t tend to talk about heaven very much. We usually focus more on how Christ affects us in this life. But in November, as we approach the end of the church year in two … Continue reading What on Earth is Heaven? (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)

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)

For You (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The text I preached on was 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. Think of a gift you received that was really important to you. The last four weeks here in church, we’ve been talking about some gifts that are important. We’ve been talking about the gifts … Continue reading For You (Sermon)

Faith, Hope, and Money (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany. We're in the midst of our Stewardship Campaign, and today's theme was "Giving to God of our Income Changes Everything." The theme scripture reading was 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.  There was once a couple, Alex and Morgan. In their … Continue reading Faith, Hope, and Money (Sermon)