Share. Play Fair. Don’t be a Bully.

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday of Advent. The gospel lection was Luke 3:7-18. John gives some surprisingly practical advice in today’s gospel. It’s surprising to me, anyway. I mean, John is out there in the desert, shouting at those who come to him, calling them … Continue reading Share. Play Fair. Don’t be a Bully.

Waiting in the Darkness

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached yesterday, the First Sunday of Advent. The gospel reading was Luke 21:25-36. I must confess: this sermon drew a lot from a sermon by Frederick Buechner entitled "Waiting," found in his book Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons. I hope I haven't breached … Continue reading Waiting in the Darkness

What are You Excited About?

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was Luke 24:36b-48. Think of a place you love, a place you get excited about. Maybe it’s a place you go on vacation, or a childhood home, or something else. Think of a place that … Continue reading What are You Excited About?

Lo, the Lord Makes Merry, World Without End

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. We were using an old Lutheran liturgy as part of our year-long commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The gospel text I preached on was Luke 15:11-32. The liturgy we are using today was published in 1958. Things sure have changed … Continue reading Lo, the Lord Makes Merry, World Without End

The Phantom Innkeeper

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached on Christ the King, November 20, 2016. The gospel reading was Luke 23:33-43. That may have been a surprising reading to hear. Today is the final Sunday of the church year, a day called Christ the King. We might expect to hear about Jesus seated … Continue reading The Phantom Innkeeper

Jesus Said it Would Be Like This

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached on Sunday, November 13, 2016. It was the first Sunday after the 2016 presidential election, and I tried to address some election-related concerns without being partisan or inflammatory. The gospel reading for the day was Luke 21:5-19. “Vince said it would be like this.” When … Continue reading Jesus Said it Would Be Like This

The Administration of Grace

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The lectionary gospel was Luke 16:1-13. The "Spiritual Gift of the Week" was Administration. The Spiritual Gift for the day is “Administration.” Administration is the gift of being able to deal well with the minutia of daily life, whether it’s at your workplace, … Continue reading The Administration of Grace