Wait Like a Farmer

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 25:1-13, the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids.  I’d like to tell you today about Robert. Robert was a very active member of a congregation I served. Still is, I’m sure. I remember him as a quiet, thoughtful man. … Continue reading Wait Like a Farmer

Give to God the Things that are God’s

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 22:15-22.  The Pharisees were clever. They wanted to trap Jesus, catch him off-guard, get him to say something he’d regret. So they asked him about taxes. “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor or not?” they … Continue reading Give to God the Things that are God’s

The Kingdom Will Be Taken Away from You

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 21:33-46. Sometimes a good way to interpret scripture is through other scripture. So before I get to today’s gospel, I’d like you to recall another story, from the Gospel of Luke. The angel Gabriel was sent by God … Continue reading The Kingdom Will Be Taken Away from You

The Authority of Breath

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 21:23-32.  Let’s take a minute, and breathe. Get comfortable. Quiet your mind. Close your eyes. Relax. And breathe. Breathe in and out. Breathe slowly and comfortably. Feel the Holy Spirit enter you as you inhale, filling you up. … Continue reading The Authority of Breath

Forgiving an $8,000 Debt

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel lectionary text was Matthew 18:21-35.  Forgiveness is hard. It’s challenging. Let’s look in the gospel. Peter asks Jesus, “Lord, if someone sins against me, how often do I have to forgive? Seven times?” Ah-ah. Nope. Not seven. Seventy-seven. In fact, the … Continue reading Forgiving an $8,000 Debt

Follow Where Jesus Leads

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 16:21-28.  By now most of you have seen the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has wreaked on Houston and surrounding cities in Texas. And perhaps some of you are wondering why things like this happen. What did the people … Continue reading Follow Where Jesus Leads

No Power, No Control

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was the parable of the wheat and the weeds, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43. One of the professional hazards of being a pastor is the temptation to think that you’re a superhero. Many of us slip into thinking that we can and … Continue reading No Power, No Control

God is Like a Dandelion

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel reading was Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30.  I am no expert on farming, but it seems to me that the guy in this parable is irresponsible and wasteful. He goes out to sow seed, and what does he do? He just throws it … Continue reading God is Like a Dandelion

On Being a “Good Christian”

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30. There are people in this room who are not good Christians. And in this sermon, I am going to identify who those people are. That got your attention, didn’t it? So a “good Christian.” That’s a … Continue reading On Being a “Good Christian”

You Are the Welcoming Statement

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Sunday, July 2. The gospel reading was Matthew 10:40-42. So, Jesus talks a lot about welcoming here. Welcoming is certainly a topic that we’ve been discussing at Prince of Peace a lot over the past few months, as we voted on whether or not … Continue reading You Are the Welcoming Statement