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)

What’s So New About Life? (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. It was also the third week of our four-week annual Stewardship Campaign. The gospel text was Luke 4:21-30. So we continue to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary this year, a time when we look back at all the great … Continue reading What’s So New About Life? (Sermon)

Living Words (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday after Epiphany. The Gospel reading was Luke 4:14-21. Happy Anniversary! And Happy Stewardship Campaign! I’m going to keep starting my sermons like this for the next few weeks, as we continue to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary as a congregation this … Continue reading Living Words (Sermon)

Lots and Lots of Wine (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday after Epiphany. The Gospel reading was John 2:1-11. Happy Anniversary! For the next year, we are going to be doing something very special at Prince of Peace – we will be celebrating our fiftieth anniversary of ministry together! Fifty years … Continue reading Lots and Lots of Wine (Sermon)

Lights in the Night Sky (Blue Christmas Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached at our annual Blue Christmas service in 2021. Blue Christmas is a special service designed for people who find the holidays difficult. The gospel I preached on was John 1:1-14. When we think of the night sky at Christmas, I think we tend to think … Continue reading Lights in the Night Sky (Blue Christmas Sermon)