Sermon on John 8:31-36, for Reformation Day, about Jesus' teaching of what true freedom is, and how we are often blind to the nature of what freedom or captivity is. What is that freedom, and once we have it in Christ Jesus, how do we keep it, and how do we live in that freedom?
Sermon on John 3:1-16, for Trinity Sunday (1 Yr lectionary), about Nicodemus' secret visit to Jesus to ask questions about discipleship. What does it mean to "be born again" or "born from above" or "born of water and the Spirit"? How is the mystery of the Trinity revealed to us in the actions of the three persons of the Trinity in our salvation? What are temptations to hide our discipleship, and what does Christ call us to instead? How do we see or understand the work of the Spirit and the kingdom of God?
Sermon on John 14:23-31, for Pentecost Sunday (1 Yr Lectionary), about Jesus' teaching to His disciples just prior to His death. Why do loving God and keeping Jesus' Word go hand in hand? Why does a person not really know the truth unless they first love it? What does it mean that God wants to make His home with us, and what does Christ bring to that home? What peace mission was Jesus sent on, and how is His peace different from that of the world?
Sermon on John 6:1-15, for the 4th Sunday in Lent (1 Yr lectionary), about the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000. How did Jesus ask for the disciples' help, and what was the nature of His "test"? What do we learn from this test, and what God has both given us and called us to do? Why did the crowds want to make Jesus king, and why did He refuse? Where would He take the title of king, but in an unexpected way? How do we still give out the "bread of life" to the world?
Sermon on John 2:1-11, for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany (1 YR), with reference to 1 Timothy 5:24-25, and the question of Jesus manifesting His glory, while also allowing the miracle at the Wedding at Cana to remain at least partially "hidden." What did Jesus mean by "His hour"? Why was this significant? How does He model His own teaching in the sermon on the Mount? What does the wine and wedding imagery signify about the Messiah and about His church?
Sermon on John 16:23-30, for the 6th Sunday of Easter (1 Yr lectionary), Rogate Sunday (Ask!). A sermon about Jesus' promise that "whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." What does Jesus promise mean? How do we address our doubts and worries about this? What does it mean to ask in His name? How can we experience the fullness of joy that Jesus promises to deliver? What does it mean to love Jesus, and be loved by Him? Why is this a love worth dying for? Is that how we are saved?
Sermon on John 16:5-15, for the 5th Sunday of Easter, Cantate (Sing!), in the 1 Year lectionary. A sermon about Jesus' farewell discourse, His sending of the Holy Spirit, and what the "convicting" work of the Holy Spirit is about. How does the Spirit convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment? Who is the "ruler of this world?" How does the Spirit of Truth speak freedom to us, through the cross of Jesus?
Sermon on John 10:11-16, for Misericordias Domini (Mercy of the Lord) Sunday, the 3rd Sunday of Easter (1 Year Lectionary), about how Jesus is the Good Shepherd. What does the Shepherd imagery in the Bible tell us about God, us, and bad shepherds? What does it mean to be "known" by Christ as the Father knows Him?
Sermon on John 20:19-31, for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, 1 Year Lectionary, Quasimodo Geniti Sunday ("Like Newborns..."), about the resurrection appearances of Jesus to the apostles and then Thomas, and how seeing the risen Jesus with His scars helped Thomas overcome his doubts and give a great confession of the faith! What doubts and skepticism do people face todaay about the resurrection? What misunderstandings about the nature of Jesus' resurrection does this help clear up? How do we navigate between the opposite extremes of an unrelenting skepticism (that ultimately can't be consistently upheld), and a gullibility or naivete about faith? Where is the right middle mark, and how does faith in Jesus fulfill that?
Sermon on John 8:46-59, for the 5th Sunday in Lent Judica (Judge) (1 Year Lectionary), about the heated confrontation between Jesus and the Jews in the temple, during the Feast of Tabernacles--leading to an escalating exchange over hearing, believing, and keeping God's Word, and Jesus' identity as the Divine Son of God. Prefiguring the crucifixion, and how God vindicates or judges Jesus to be innocent.
Sermon on John 8:31-36, for Reformation Day. Why is a heritage a good thing? How can it be misused? What is the relationship between the truth and freedom that Jesus proclaims? How is spiritual freedom endangered or lost? How is it preserved and used? What change of status does Jesus grant to His disciples?
Sermon on John 14:23-31, for Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday, about Jesus and the Father making His home with believers, about what the Holy Spirit does in teaching us, how love and obedience are related, and how the gift of Jesus' peace differs from the peace of this world.
Sermon on John 6:51-69, for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, the final part of Jesus' Bread of Life sermon, where He talks about how we must "eat His flesh and drink His blood" to have eternal life. What is the food He is talking about? How do we eat it? Why does Jesus pull together so closely the physical and spiritual? Is He talking about the Lord's Supper here?
Sermon on John 6:35-51, for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, part 2 of Jesus' Bread of Life Discourse, where He disturbs the crowds by teaching that He came down from heaven, only those whom the Father gives Him and draws to Him will believe--and that this is God's will, for everyone to believe in Jesus and have eternal life. How does the promise of eternal life fill us with joy and peace now, to transform how we live?