The Waters of Perseverance (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday in Lent (Year C). The gospel reading was Luke 13:1-9. An adult, whom I'm calling Susan here, was baptized in worship this morning. Our hearts are broken by the news lately. Fifty people were brutally murdered by a terrorist shooter … Continue reading The Waters of Perseverance (Sermon)

Doubting Tiger, Suffering Dragon

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday of Easter. The gospel reading was John 20:19-31. Poor Thomas. He never wanted that nickname, but he got it. Our gospel today tells us he was known as “the Twin,” but that’s not the nickname that stuck. No, thanks to … Continue reading Doubting Tiger, Suffering Dragon

Take Up Your Suffering

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Second Sunday in Lent. The gospel text I preached on was Mark 8:31-38.  Peter didn’t want to hear what Jesus was saying. Jesus said that he would undergo great suffering, be rejected, and be killed. Peter didn’t want to hear that. Jesus … Continue reading Take Up Your Suffering

Don’t Call Me Selfish

Don't call me selfish. Now, I know that I am selfish sometimes. I can certainly be self-absorbed and self-centered. I can certainly be worried more about my own stuff some days than anybody else's. I can certainly fail to love my neighbor. But there's one piece of me that is so often vilified as selfish. … Continue reading Don’t Call Me Selfish

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

Hope we can Count On

This is an adapted form of my sermon from Sunday, January 1, 2017, the First Sunday of Christmas. The gospel reading was Matthew 2:13-23, the flight to Egypt and the slaughter of the Holy Innocents. That morning, I also baptized two young children. I've changed their names for this blog version of the sermon. Well. … Continue reading Hope we can Count On

The Secret of Christmas (Blue Christmas Sermon)

Every year, our church offers a "Blue Christmas" service, specially designed for those who find the holidays difficult. This was my sermon for Blue Christmas 2016, preached on Sunday afternoon, December 18. We gather here today because we are finding Christmas difficult this year. There are many possible reasons for that. Perhaps someone you love … Continue reading The Secret of Christmas (Blue Christmas Sermon)