Sermon Archive

A Theology of Sheep

Date: May 12, 2019

Bible Text: John 10:22–30 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. —John 10:27   Our lectionary reading today returns us to events preceding Jesus’ death and resurrection. It is a response to mounting questions about Jesus identity originating from the act of healing a

A Theology of Cats

Date: May 5, 2019

Bible Text: Psalm 104:14–30 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.   The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.  —Psalm 104:21   Benjamin Britten was born in Suffolk County of the United Kingdom on November 22, 1913, which is of course St. Cecilia’s Day, and she is the patron saint of music,

Among Many, a Theology of Frogs

Date: April 28, 2019

Bible Text: Luke 24:13–35 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.   Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight.  —Luke 24:31 Luke 24:13–35 On that same day, two disciples were traveling to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking to each other

See Him in Galilee

Date: April 21, 2019

Bible Text: Matthew 4:23–5:10; Matthew 28:1–10 |

Easter Sunrise Worship, Elder Park Beach, Winnetka Dear God, Centuries ago you startled the world by letting us see the strength of your love in the resurrected Christ.  His walk with us continues today in all the places of your world, Galilee, Jerusalem, Winnetka, and Chicago.    May we

A Wideness in God’s Mercy, VIII: Crimes Beyond Forgiveness

Date: April 18, 2019

Bible Text: Luke 22:39, 47–62 |

Click here to listen to this meditation. I love the way the Gospels interweave the stories of Judas and Peter in the last hours of Jesus’ life. It’s like watching one of those post-modern, fractured-narrative movies or television shows where the scenes follow first one character and then another as they trace

A Wideness in God’s Mercy, VII: Is Christianity an Answer to a Question Nobody Is Asking?

Date: April 14, 2019

Bible Text: Psalm 31:9–16; Luke 23:44–49 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last. When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.”   —Luke 23:46–47   Do

A Wideness in God’s Mercy, VI: Do You Know My Name?

Date: April 7, 2019

Bible Text: John 12:1–11 |

Click here to listen to this sermon. Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. —John 12:1 Continuing in our sermon series, A Wideness in God’s Mercy, the lectionary reading takes us to the Gospel of John. The birth narrative

The Wideness in God’s Mercy, V: Forgiving God

Date: March 31, 2019

Bible Text: Mark 15:33‒39; Psalm 22 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.   At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” —Mark 15:34 This morning I want to talk about forgiving God. Does that phrase make sense: forgiving God? In