Category Archives: Sermons

Ashen crosses and Jesus’ way of prayer

A Reflection on Ash Wednesday and the Lord’s Prayer The key texts for the reflection this Ash Wednesday were Isaiah 58:5-8 and Matthew 6:1-21. The Lord’s Prayer is the focus of our preaching during Lent this year. Daily verses and … Continue reading

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An eternal kindness

There is room in the heart of God for us all. Continue reading

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In the tears of the River Jordan

We celebrated yesterday, January 15, as the Baptism of Our Lord and the primary text for the day was Matthew 3:13-17: 13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14John would have prevented … Continue reading

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Christ among the faithful

Christ comes into the world among God’s faithful people. It is among God’s faithful that Christ is revealed. Continue reading

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Created in Love, Destined for Love, Called to Love

The morning of the world is perfect communion with God and the evening of the world is perfect communion with God and between them stands the call and invitation to live that communion now, to be witnesses of that communion, to be agents of that communion. Continue reading

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The Big Story

Those of us who are not rooted in the scriptures often find them strange. Even the word “God” is hard for some of us. But our confession as a Christian community is that there is a heartbeat at the center of all things, a spirit, a breath, pushing and pulling the world towards justice and mercy and goodness and life. Continue reading

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Beware the long robes

“Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! 40They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” (Mark 12:38-40) Continue reading

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The widow’s life

Jesus has come to Jerusalem, into the viper’s den, and challenged the ruling elite. And, at this consummate point in Mark’s Gospel, when Jesus’ public ministry is over and everything moves towards the cross, we have this text about the religious leaders who take life and the widow who gives her life. Continue reading

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The God of Grace

There are lots of pieces in the complex drama we call the Reformation. But at the center of it was the Scripture. And at the center of Scripture was Christ. And at the center of Christ was grace. Continue reading

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“Now the winter is past”

What follows is my sermon at my daughter’s wedding yesterday (posted with her permission) for which she asked me to preside. The texts for the day were the beautiful celebration of love in Song of Songs 2:10-13, the prayer of … Continue reading

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