Sermons

June 16: The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

In the name of Godin whom we live and moveand have our being.As we settle in to the Season after PentecostOrdinary Time,where the Sundays are ordinalthe nth Sunday after Pentecostwe’re moving into a mostly continuousreading of Mark’s gospel.I’ll change the banners this week.Today we have two illustrationsfor the world Jesus has come to usher in.“The […]

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May 26: Trinity Sunday

In the name ofthe Father and ofthe Son and ofthe Holy Spirit. Amen.If you’re hoping fora definitive, rational,post-Enlightenmentunderstanding of the Trinitytry again next year.Maybe I’ll read Katherine Sonderegger’s bookSystematic Theology, Volume 2:The Doctrine of the Holy Trinity:Processions and Personson my sabbatical.You’ve probably heard, rightly,that this is the only liturgical observanceof a doctrine —not a person

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May 12: The Seventh Sunday of Easter

Jesus prayed for his disciples.Situated toward the endof Jesus’ lengthy farewell speechJesus prayed for his disciples.He’s been at table with them.He’s washed their feet.Jesus knows he’s going to die,and they don’t quite believe it yet.He’s admonished themto abide in him,to stay in his love,the love the Father has given him.Jesus prayed for his disciples. Knowing

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April 28: The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Alleluia! Christ is risen!Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! “Whoever does not abide in meis thrown away like a branch and withers;such branches are gathered,thrown into the fire,and burned…”is not,despite what 19th and 20th CenturyAmerican evangelicals might have us thinkthe point of this passage.Jesus is at table with his friendswhen we drop in to John’s gospel

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April 14: The Third Sunday of Easter

(It’s on page 2 of your bulletin)Alleluia! Christ is risen!Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! On Tuesday as Brandon and I watchedlast Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonightwith John OliverI was remindedof my favorite quote from NT Wright’sSurprised by Hope.Oliver spends half an hourtalking about where the chemicalsfor lethal injections by the federal governmentand some statescome

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