Photo by Mariana Kurnyk on Pexels.com A Sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost Readings: 2 Kings 4:42-44Psalm 145:10-19Ephesians 3:14-21John 6:1-21 The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,and you give them their food in due season. Amen. A priest friend recently said something about today’s Gospel reading that stuck with me: “Maybe for Christians … Continue reading God’s Strange Abundance
Photo by Keira Burton on Pexels.com A Sermon for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Readings: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19, Mark 6:14-29 Have you ever done something out of a sense of duty that you later regretted? Today, I want to talk about two choices that seemed right at the time, but actually defied God. One … Continue reading Call and Duty
Photo by Aleksandr Burzinskij on Pexels.com A Sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Reading: Mark 5:21-43 Additional readings here God did not make death,And he does not delight in the death of the living. You may be seated. --- In this world of death, what are we supposed to do with miracles? Today’s Gospel … Continue reading A God Who Heals?
Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.com Sermon on Jeremiah 31 Fifth Sunday in Lent, Given March 21, 2021 Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34 Today’s reading from Jeremiah contains some of the most comforting language to be found in the Bible: “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be … Continue reading The Days are Surely Coming
This post was originally published on stylewise-blog.com on November 29, 2020 Photo by George Becker on Pexels.com A Sermon Given on the First Day of Advent Gospel Reading: Mark 13:24-37. Read here. “And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.”Amen. Happy New Year! Today is the first day of Advent, which marks the … Continue reading Keep Awake: An Advent Sermon
Originally published on stylewise-blog.com on November 6, 2020. Photo by Micah Boerma on Pexels.com At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.’ He said to them, ‘Go and tell that fox for me, “Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and … Continue reading Don’t You See I Have Work to Do?
The Reading (John 15:1-11): ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3 You have already been cleansed* by the word that I have spoken to you. 4 … Continue reading Homily: Abide Here
I was asked to do the homily for March 3rd's evening service at the church I attend here in Charlottesville. Now that it's done (and I managed not to faint or run away from the podium), I thought I'd share it here. Readings: Exodus 3:1-15, Luke 13:1-9 In today’s biblical texts, we can trace a … Continue reading March 3 Homily