My Brother’s Keeper

August 28, 2017

Sermon on Genesis 4:1-15, for the 11th Sunday after Trinity, (1 Year Lectionary), about Cain and Abel. Why did he kill his brother? What were some of the "firsts" (good and bad) in Genesis? What "new impulse" did Adam and Eve gain (in Genesis 3)? What is true and false about the idea of being "my brother's keeper"? What were Adam and Eve hoping for when their son Cain was born? How did Jesus fulfill the role that Cain never did? What is unusual about 4:1? 


He Himself is Our Peace

August 21, 2017

Sermon on Luke 19:41-48, for the 10th Sunday after Trinity, about Jesus' lament over Jerusalem after entering on Palm Sunday. What does Jesus mean about them rejecting the "things that make for peace" and not knowing "the time of their visitation?" What is the peace of Jesus? What kind of "visitation" is still to come? How do we show that we don't know the things that make for peace, and what brings peace even today?


Merciful, Blameless, and Pure

August 16, 2017

Sermon on 2 Samuel 22:26-34 (Psalm 18:25-33), for the 9th Sunday after Trinity, about how God is merciful, blameless, and pure, and wants us to reflect these qualities in our life, and why God appears "torturous" to the crooked. How does this fit into David's own life? How did he make his way "crooked" and find God to be "torturous"? How does God rescue us from crooked paths and crooked hearts? Who is, and where can you find a "blameless man" or "upright hero?"  


True Disciples Know the True Christ

August 7, 2017

Sermon on Matthew 7:15-23, for the 8th Sunday after Trinity, about false prophets and their deceptions. How does this piece of the Sermon on the Mount fit into the bigger picture, as the "exit" of the sermon? What are the dangers and pitfalls that surround discipleship? How does a false prophet reveal himself? How do disciples learn to know the true Christ, so as not to be taken in by frauds and imposters? Who will enter the kingdom of heaven, and how?