Crossing the Chasm (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 16:19-31. During worship this morning, we celebrated the baptism of an infant I'm calling Matthew. Good morning, Matthew. I’m so glad you’re here today. Today you are washed by the waters of Baptism. Today God claims you as … Continue reading Crossing the Chasm (Sermon)

Whom Will You Serve? (sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 16:1-13. For centuries, scholars have been confounded by this parable. This is without a doubt one of the most confusing stories Jesus ever told. It’s a story of a man caught by his boss, caught for squandering money. … Continue reading Whom Will You Serve? (sermon)

Seeking the Lost (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 15:1-10. Today’s gospel is about being lost. Ever been lost in the woods? I used to hike a lot, and on occasion, I got lost. This was before smart phones, so the only things I had were maybe … Continue reading Seeking the Lost (Sermon)

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better (Sermon)

I’m not sure, but I think that we all believe that we’re better than somebody else. We all know that we’re not supposed to. Maybe we’d all deny it. And some of us may think it’s not true. But I think, deep down … Here, take this. Remember the TV show MASH? If you’re my … Continue reading Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better (Sermon)

Get Ready (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel was Luke 12:32-40. At this service, I officiated at the Holy Baptism of "Austin" (not his real name). Good morning, Austin. I’m so glad you’re here today. Today is a very special day for you. Today, we proclaim God’s love for … Continue reading Get Ready (Sermon)

Living with Affluenza (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of my sermon from this morning. The gospel text was Luke 12:13-21. Alcoholics Anonymous began in 1939 as a support group designed to help people trying to quit drinking. At the core of AA are twelve steps that each member is expected to follow. These twelve steps include things like … Continue reading Living with Affluenza (Sermon)

The Lord’s Prayer – Annotated (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, July 28, 2019. The lectionary text was Luke 11:1-13. How well do you know how to pray? If you're like a lot of Christians, you probably think, "not so well." Yet, I bet you know how to pray better than you think. Jesus’ … Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer – Annotated (Sermon)