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)

You Are Not a Good Person (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday in Lent. The gospel reading was Luke 13:1-9. There’s something we learn in today’s gospel that is disturbing at first. It sounds like bad news at first, but let’s talk about it, and together we’ll see that it’s actually really … Continue reading You Are Not a Good Person (Sermon)

On Modern Anxieties (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday in Lent. The gospel text was Luke 13:31-35. I have noticed that a lot of people are more anxious than usual right now. I’ve noticed that in my family, here at church, in the community, and in myself. I think … Continue reading On Modern Anxieties (Sermon)

Where Do We Start? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday in Lent. The gospel text was Luke 4:1-13. I also refer to the First Reading, Deuteronomy 26:1-11. You know, it’s funny. The theme of this sermon is about beginnings. I'm calling it, “Where do we start?” What’s funny is I … Continue reading Where Do We Start? (Sermon)

The Third Way of Love (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Seventh Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel reading was Luke 6:27-38. There is a third way. There is always a third way. I believe that. Now, I don’t always succeed in acting on that. I don’t even always remember that I believe it. … Continue reading The Third Way of Love (Sermon)

Who Gets the Blessing? (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached today, the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel text was Luke 6:17-26. One day, some years back, a preacher named Rev. Johnson stood in the pulpit. It was the sixth Sunday after Epiphany, and she read the same gospel that we heard today. She said, … Continue reading Who Gets the Blessing? (Sermon)

Simon Peter and the Strange Decision (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached yesterday, the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel text was Luke 5:1-11. It was also the final Sunday of our annual Stewardship campaign. Some moments are crucial. There are moments when something happens, when a decision is made. Or a word is spoken. Or a … Continue reading Simon Peter and the Strange Decision (Sermon)