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)

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)

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)

Ships in Harbors, Talents in the Ground

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 25:14-30. When Jonathan was young, he was always anxious. Things had to be done the right way, or it upset him. For example: he and his brother played with refrigerator magnets, you know, the big colorful plastic letters … Continue reading Ships in Harbors, Talents in the Ground

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

Mustard and Poison Ivy

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52. Did you ever feel like you’re banging your head against a wall? Like no matter how hard you try, it doesn’t make a difference? I think we all feel that way in our faith sometimes. No … Continue reading Mustard and Poison Ivy

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