Posts tagged with ‘Sermon’

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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 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 […]

on the need for rest and the compassion of Jesus

Read Mark 6:30-34;53-56 One of the coolest things about scripture is that there is so much contained in just a few words.  It is why I consider scripture to be inspired by the Holy Spirit and a living text.  Because beneath these words is a whole spiritual world for us to uncover and to allow […]

After the Feast

It is not easy to put into words, just how much I have changed, and how my life has changed, after that night. When I tried to tell my Father just how wrong I was, just how sorry I was for what I had done, he wouldn’t even let me! He cut me off in […]