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This sermon makes more sense if you read John 1:29-42. Today we begin a three part sermon series during this season after the Epiphany.  The sermon series is named: Called.  Sent.  Blessed.  Each of the three gospel lessons talk about these three movement in our discipleship, our life of faith.  Called.  Sent.  Blessed.  These are […]

the kingdom belongs to kids

So Jesus once said that the kingdom of God belongs to children.  It’s one of those Jesus quotes that people usually familiar with even if they aren’t particularly religious.  It is also one of those pieces of scripture that comes with a formulaic interpretation that I’ve not only heard over and over again but also, […]

Shine! A light for all nations

Read Luke 21:25-36 Moving to a new city means that you spend a lot of time noticing all the things that are different about your new home.  My recent move from California to Cincinnati has provided ample opportunity for me to notice all the differences between these two places, and let me tell you there […]

what we mean when we say “Jesus is Lord”

A sermon for Christ the King Sunday.  Read John 18:33-37. Well everyone, thanksgiving is over, so I guess we’re supposed to start saying ‘Merry Christmas?’ Isn’t that the way it seems to go in our world.  Our society has already moved on from Thanksgiving, haven’t we?  We made it through the madness of Black Friday, […]

to keep it, you’ve got to give it away

Read Mark 10:17-31 When I was a teenager I remember watching a movie with my dad called ‘The Jerk.’  It’s a classic.  Steve Martin at his best.  There is a scene from the film where Navin, Steve Martin’s character, is arguing with his wife, Marie, about the man he’s become since becoming wealthy.  As they […]

Iron, starched but haven’t bathed.

This last week my wife Allison, who is priest in the Episcopal Church, and I were talking about the gospel reading for today in preparation for our Sunday sermons when we started talking about our two different experiences in summer camp as children.  See each of us participated in church summer camps when we were […]

You are what you eat

Read John 6:56-69 We live in a world that is saturated with advertisements, brand images and product placements.  As we move about this world and we are bombarded, every single moment of every single day, with some message from a company or corporation telling us that we need this product or service to make our […]

on the difference between knowledge and wisdom

We live in an age that we sometimes call the information age.  We are swimming in a sea of information.  It’s been said that there is more information generated in ten minutes than in the whole of human civilization up until this point.  Think about the information that we have access to right now, in this very moment.   […]

on guarding your heart and living as an imitator

Read Ephesians 4:25-5:2. I remember as a kid hearing that old nursery rhyme: sticks and stones may break my bones but… word will never hurt me.  It was one of those adages that I heard thrown around which didn’t really make sense to me.  Of course words can’t physically hurt us the way that a […]

with Jesus there’s more than enough

Take a moment to read John 6:1-15 A teacher once asked the students of their class to bring something to school that symbolized their religious faith.  The next day the teacher begins to go around the room asking each of the students to share what they brought.  The first little boy says, “I’m Jewish, and […]