Tap Tap (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday after Epiphany. The gospel text was Matthew 4:12-23. I'll have to explain how some of the sermon worked. I started by walking through the congregation, tapping five people on the shoulder, and telling each of them, "Follow me." I led … Continue reading Tap Tap (Sermon)

Whom Will You Serve? (sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 16:1-13. For centuries, scholars have been confounded by this parable. This is without a doubt one of the most confusing stories Jesus ever told. It’s a story of a man caught by his boss, caught for squandering money. … Continue reading Whom Will You Serve? (sermon)

Putting the Lord to the Test (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.  When I think about this gospel story, I often picture Jesus sitting in the desert, and then the devil arrives, walking close to him, whispering temptation after temptation in his ear. And … Continue reading Putting the Lord to the Test (Sermon)

Fear and Grumbling in Capernaum

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, August 5, 2018. The gospel text was John 6:24-35. Did you ever wonder how we’re supposed to behave as a congregation? Luckily, scripture gives us several models for how to do that. In fact, two of those models are in today’s readings. The … Continue reading Fear and Grumbling in Capernaum

Don’t Be Afraid to Go Back On Your Words (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached on Sunday, July 15. The gospel reading was Mark 6:14-29, the story of John the Baptist's death.  Way back in the end of May, I told you that I would be preaching a sermon series throughout the months of June and July, a series called, … Continue reading Don’t Be Afraid to Go Back On Your Words (Sermon)

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

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