Sermon, 1/28/24: Miracles are for real!

4 Epiphany Psalm 111; Deuteronomy 18:15–20; 1 Cor. 8:1–13; Mark 1:21–28 They were all amazed…He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.  Mk 1.27f This past week, I had a most interesting discussion around my dinner table with someone, about whom I would least likely have said, he believes in miracles.   But he …

Sermon, 1/21/24: Searching for a Prophet

3 Epiphany Psalm 62; Jonah 3:1–5,10; 1 Corinthians 7:29–31; Mark 1:14–20 Instead of citing a word from scripture, as is traditionally the case when clergy announce the thesis for homilies, sermons, and meditation, I begin today my meditation with a poem written by Arthur Campbell Ainger.  Ainger was born 4 July 1841 to a priest …

Sermon 1/14/24: What is a Calling? Finding Our Unique Selves!

2 Epiphany Psalm 139:1– 5, 12–17; 1 Samuel 3:1–10; 1 Corinthian 6:12–20; John 1:43–51 On Friday, 6 January, we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany.  By today’s standards of the 24-hour news cycle, that is now old news.  Indeed, today, on the Second Sunday after the Epiphany, we have begun our pivot toward the Forty Days of Lentwhich begins on Ash Wednesday, 14 February, but only a month …

Sermon, 12/24/23: A Lifetime Warranty

Christmas Eve Readings for Advent IV Readings for Christmas I Recently, I read a book.  Given my previous profession, as well as my current one, it would not surprise me if you were to think: “So, what’s so noteworthy about that.  You have devoted your entire life to reading books.  That’s what professors and priests …

Sermon, 10/22/23. Caesar’s Coin: But what is the real question?

21 Pentecost Psalm 96; Isiah 45:1–7; I Thessalonians 1:1–10; Matthew 22:15–22 The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein. Ps.24:1 So spake the psalmist.  And Jesus said, according to Matthew’s record, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things …

Sermon, 8/20/23: You’ve got to have faith!

12 Pentecost Psalm 133; Genesis 45:1–15; Roman 11:1–2a, 29–32; Matthew 15:10–28 “And hearing this Jesus replied (to the woman), ‘What faith you have!  Let it be as you wish!’ Matthew 15:28 If you were to visit a church in a country whose language you did not understand, it is likely that you could assume, with …

Sermon, 8/13/2023: Faith Meets Action

11 Pentecost Psalm 105:1–6, 16–22, 45b; Gen. 37:1–4, 12–28; Romans 10:5–15; Matthew 14:22–33 But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’  Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’  He said, ‘Come.’  Matthew 14:27 – 29 Last …