Sermon Archive

Famous Last Words, VI: What Is Finished?

Date: March 18, 2018

Bible Text: John 19:25–30 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.  When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’  —John 19:30   “It is finished” is always the sixth of Jesus’ seven last words from the cross.  It’s important to finish well.  In Connecticut, Mary Fike was my next-door neighbor.  At the time

Famous Last Words, V: I Thirst

Date: March 11, 2018

Bible Text: John 19:28–34 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.  When Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said 'I am thirsty.'  —John 19:28   St. John famously launches his rollicking little Jesus biography like this: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He

Famous Last Words, IV: Dereliction

Date: March 4, 2018

Bible Text: Mark 15:33–39; Psalm 22 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?    —Mark 15:34   For the last 1,800 years, the Christian Church has taught that Jesus verbalized seven discrete sayings while he was dying on the cross, but to get to that shapely, satisfying, sacred seven, the

Famous Last Words, III: Behold

Date: February 25, 2018

Bible Text: John 19:25–27 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.  When Jesus then saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, 'Woman, behold, your son!'    —John 19:26   It may seem a throw away line, but, words matter.  What we say fills the air with

Famous Last Words, II: Occupy My House

Date: February 18, 2018

Bible Text: Luke 23:39–43 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.Then the thief said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.' Jesus replied, 'Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.' —Luke 23:42–43A Dialogue “Come to me?”  I do not know you— Where may be your house? “I

Famous Last Words, I: Father, Forgive

Date: February 14, 2018

Bible Text: Luke 23:32–38 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.  Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’  —Luke 23:34   There’s something magical about the number seven. There are seven days of the week, the seven seas the seven continents, and the seven dwarves.  The New Testament tells

It’s Probably a Tide Ad

Date: February 11, 2018

Bible Text: Mark 9:2–10 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.  and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. —Mark 9:4   Apa Sherpa is his name; the world record holder for number of times climbing Mt. Everest. But then, Apa Sherpa beat his own world record again in 2013,