Category Archives: Sermons

Learning to Listen: Mary, Martha, and our Great Societal Problem

This is the text of a sermon preached at Hamline Church on July 17, 2016. The two texts were the Parable of the Leaven, and the story of Mary and Martha with Jesus.

And again he said, “To what should I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with[a] three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

Sermon from 5/29: On the 7th Day, God Rested

This sermon was preached at Hamline Church, using the text Genesis 2:1-3 (the 7th Day):

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

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The Transfiguration is about Peter–and imperfection.

Sermon for Transfiguration Sunday, based on Luke’s Account, found here.

“It is good for us to be here! Let us build three dwellings! One for you and one for Moses, and one for Elijah…

 He babbled, dumbstruck. His eyes were heavy, his body heavier—he was tired, our Peter—and he was blinded. Here stood his teacher, dazzling white in this inexplicable light, white like lightning, speaking with the two most important men in the history of Israel. He saw them turn, and perhaps Moses lifted a hand to Jesus, reached to touch him in with some sort of comforting hold—and Peter knew that they were turning to leave. He blurted it out, leaning forward, nearing peeling after them:

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Sermon from 9/13: Psalm 19 and Faith amidst Chaos

A sermon delivered at Hamline Church on 9/13. The text was Psalm 19.


May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable to you—my rock, and my redeemer.

The final lines of this psalm are a long standing traditional prayer in both the Jewish and Christian traditions. For centuries—millennia, maybe, preachers have uttered these words to ask God to help them say something true to their faith.

And so I, too, pray: May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable to you—O Lord, my rock, and my redeemer.

And I pray that, because these days, I feel like I need both a rock, and a redeemer.

We all need the words of our mouths, and the meditations of our hearts, to point towards a rock and a redeemer. There is a sense of chaos that prowls around my normal, day to day routine. The news of the outside world is disturbing. And it lurks out there, peering into my mundane errands, breaking out, moment to moment.

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A Pentecost Sermon: The Languages of Our Lives

This is the sermon I gave last Sunday on Pentecost at Hamline –Church. We used these readings from the lectionary.

I love the Sunday of Pentecost. This Sunday is a Sunday of celebration and rejoicing–the great feast of the Holy Spirit. The traditional readings for this Sunday are some of my favorites, also.

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Sermon from 4/19: Ghosts and Resurrection

This is a sermon preached at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church at their evening service on April 19, the third Sunday of Easter. The lectionary reading is here.


 

Since the beginning of Lent, Saint Matthews has been telling the story of God’s Five Act Play: Creation, Fall, Israel, Jesus–now during Easter, New Creation and New Community. During this Easter Season, as a part of that story, a few of us members have been invited to preach in order to describe our understanding of how God’s Great Story plays out through our own stories.

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