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)

Faith Stories (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The text I preached on was Hebrews 11:29 -- 12:2. The book of Hebrews tells us some faith stories. First, the faith story of the Israelites who were set free from slavery in Egypt. As they were escaping, the Egyptians pursued them. Hebrews … Continue reading Faith Stories (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)

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)

Who’s in Heaven, Anyway? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. I'm preaching a sermon series on the book of Revelation; today's text was Revelation 7:9-17. Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, a fifty-day season when we focus on Jesus’ resurrection, and what that means for us. Today … Continue reading Who’s in Heaven, Anyway? (Sermon)

Fourteen

The "Stations of the Cross" are a spiritual tool commonly found in Roman Catholic churches. The Stations themselves are stops on a path that one walks. The path is like a pilgrimage of sorts, telling the story of the Passion of Jesus Christ. Each Station on the path represents one part of that story, and … Continue reading Fourteen

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