Sermon on Matthew 25:1-13, for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (A), about the Parable of the Ten Virgins. How does it illustrate the finality of Jesus' return, and provide warnings about readiness and faith? What does the readiness and faith of the believer look like, in contrast to the world?
Sermon on Matthew 22:1-14, for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (A), about the parable of the Wedding Banquet, and the reason why a guest in the parable is expelled from the banquet for having no wedding garment. How may this relate to the promises of Isaiah 61:10? How does God dress and make us worthy for His banquet? Why is there misery outside of the banquet and away from God's presence?
Sermon on Matthew 20:1-16, for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (A), about the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, some who arrived early and some late, but all received the same pay. What underlies our frequent complaint: "It's not fair!"? How does Christ give us something "Better than fair?"
Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35, for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (A), about the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant, and what it means to "forgive your brother from your heart." What are counterfeits of true forgiveness? What does true forgiveness look like, and how do we change from unforgiving to be able to forgive our brother from our heart?
Sermon on Matthew 16:21-28, for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (A), about Peter's struggle with understanding the mystery of God's plan, and especially as it related to Jesus' cross and suffering. How do we face the same struggle when life doesn't make sense, and we endure sufferings and crosses?
Sermon on Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23, for the 6th Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (A series), about the Parable of the Sower, and the contrast between God's Work through His "Word-seed" and the hindrances that the devil, the world, and our sinful flesh put in opposition to God's Word.
Sermon on Matthew 10:34-42, for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (A series), about how Jesus came to bring peace, not a sword. How does the coming of Christ create division, and why is division sometimes necessary? What unity does Jesus bring and create?
Sermon on Matthew 10:5a, 21-33, for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (A series), about Jesus sending His apostles out to proclaim the kingdom in the face of opposition and hostility. Why does He call on us to "fear not" or "do not be afraid?" What are the fears we face? How does He answer them? How does Christ give courage? Who is the One alone whom we should fear?
Sermon on Matthew 9:35-10:8 and Ezekiel 34, for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (A), about Christ's compassion for the harassed and helpless sheep. What is the positive relationship God wants shepherds and sheep to have? Who are the sheep? The shepherds? What does God fault in the shepherds, and how can that be corrected? How is Christ's compassion extended to the world, and how can we as Christians be those hands and feet to extend His compassion?
Sermon on Matthew 28:16-20, for Holy Trinity Sunday 2020 (A series), about how the theology of the Trinity matters for disciples, how our new identity is given in baptism; what it means that the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is placed upon us.
Sermon on Matthew 5:17-37, given during the month of February 2020, about Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, and how God's Law presents us with a mirror to see our own lives. How do we respond to what we see in the mirror? What do we see in the mirror besides ourselves and the Law?
Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12, for the Epiphany of Our Lord, about the visit of the Magi (Wise Men) and separating tradition from what we can know from Matthew's account, and then observing how God worked through this marvelous situation. How does this relate to our own journeys in life, and God's care and providence. Where should those journeys lead?
Sermon on Matthew 11:25-30, for Christmas Day, about how the incarnation is God's way of revealing His eternal, invisible, incomprehensible nature to us in the visible, tangible and comprehensible flesh and blood of His Son Jesus. How is Jesus the exact imprint of the Father? How do we know if the Son has chosen us to know the Father? Merry Christmas everyone and celebrate the incarnation of our Lord!