But Nothing Changed (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, September 25, 2022. The gospel reading I preached on was Luke 16:19-31. I recommend you read it here before proceeding with the sermon. Okay. First things first. This story is not about the afterlife. It’s not about God’s plan for us in eternity. … Continue reading But Nothing Changed (Sermon)

Right Now (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 9:51-62. There are a lot of proverbs out there. I don’t mean the biblical book of proverbs. I mean sayings, folk wisdom, the kinds of things we repeat to ourselves and to each other. You know, things like, … Continue reading Right Now (Sermon)

The Mercy I’ve Been Shown (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The gospel reading was Luke 8:26-39. The sermon was clearly inspired in part by the recent release of my book, Darkwater. The stories in scripture are our stories of faith, stories that tell us about ourselves and … Continue reading The Mercy I’ve Been Shown (Sermon)

On Loneliness (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Sixth Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was John 14:23-29. There’s a story sometimes told among Buddhists. It goes something like this. During the time of the Buddha, there lived a woman named Kisa Gotami. She got married, and gave birth to … Continue reading On Loneliness (Sermon)

A New Way to Breathe (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, the Fifth Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was John 13:31-35. I’m like to teach you something new today. It’s called breathing. It’s easy. Here. Do it with me. Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. There. Now you can go out and … Continue reading A New Way to Breathe (Sermon)

The Eternal Voice (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. The gospel text was John 10:22-30. It was festival time in Jerusalem, and Jesus was there. It was a hectic time as always, people going in every direction, shouting and singing. So many of the people gathered there … Continue reading The Eternal Voice (Sermon)

Who Am I in the Face of the Cross? (Good Friday Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached tonight, Good Friday. The gospel text was John 18:1 -- 19:42. On Sunday, we heard the Passion of Our Lord according to Luke. And I invited you to write down questions that the story brought up in you. A few of you did so, and … Continue reading Who Am I in the Face of the Cross? (Good Friday Sermon)

For You (Maundy Thursday sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this evening, Maundy Thursday. The gospel text was John 13:1-17, 31b-35. I also refer to Numbers 20:1-13. On Sunday, we heard the Passion of Our Lord according to Luke. And I invited you to write down questions that the story brought up in you. A … Continue reading For You (Maundy Thursday sermon)

What? Why? Huh? (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The gospel text was John 12:1-8. Did you ever hear the story of the blind men and the elephant? It comes from India, and it’s been told a number of ways. Here’s one way: There were once six … Continue reading What? Why? Huh? (Sermon)

God Comes to Us — What if We Go to Them? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday in Lent. The gospel reading was Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32. God comes to us. This is a message we see throughout the story of scripture. When the Israelites were about to enter the promised land after forty years in the wilderness, … Continue reading God Comes to Us — What if We Go to Them? (Sermon)