Sermon Archive

Image of God II: The Sacrament

Date: April 15, 2018

Bible Text: Ruth 1:16–18; Mark 2:1–12 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.   But Ruth said, ‘Where you die, I will die—there will I be buried. May the Lord do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!’ —Ruth 1:17   ​​There are probably a thousand stories about friendship in

Image of God, I: Mine Eyes Have Seen

Date: April 8, 2018

Bible Text: John 20:19–29 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.   Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, I will not believe.   —John 19:25   I have a favorite disciple. Do you have a favorite disciple?  My favorite is St. Andrew, St. Peter’s little brother: the patron saint of evangelists everywhere, because

April’s Fool

Date: April 1, 2018

Bible Text: Matthew 27:57–61; 28:1–10 |

Click here to listen to this sermon.   The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’  —Matthew 27:62–63   So, did


Date: April 1, 2018

Bible Text: John 20:1–18 |

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold down by the beach this Easter morning. Being so very cold, I cut out a few stories from my sermon, because if you were as cold as I was, you were also grateful to make it back inside just

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 23:42–43 A Dialogue “Come to me?”  I do not know you— Where may be your house? “I