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!
Sermon on Matthew 1:12-25, for Christmas Eve, about the fundamental question "Who is Jesus?" and the answers that we find both in His genealogy and in the gift of the two names: Jesus and Immanuel, that are give to us this Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!
Sermon on Matthew 4:1-11, for the 1st Sunday in Lent (1 Yr lectionary), about the temptation of Jesus in the desert. Who is the devil, and what is his "m.o."? What is Jesus' "m.o."? Why should we be aware of the schemes of the devil?
Sermon on Matthew 1:18-25, for Christmas Day, about how Matthew's account of Jesus' birth focuses on how God directed Joseph's decisions and actions to "follow God's lead." Who else benefitted from listening to God's direction in the Christmas story, and how where they and also us blessed by it? How does our "reason and senses" often misread or misunderstand a situation, or make us doubt that God is really in control, and knows best? How can we benefit by taking all things to God in prayer, and following God's lead?
Sermon on Matthew 25:1-13, for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, the Parable of the Virgins. What does this tell us about the waiting for Christ's return, and how people respond differently to it? Why are some wise, and others foolish? What is the same and what's different about them both? What does the oil represent? How are we filled with oil to be ready? Why do we normally encourage preparation, but often forget about it in spiritual things?
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Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35, for the 22nd Sunday after Trinity (1 YR lectionary), about Peter's question to Jesus about forgiveness, and the parable of the unforgiving servant. What are the dimensions of forgiveness? Does forgiveness mean ignoring injustice? How can the Christian have a two fold response to injustice and evil committed against them? Our prayers are with the victims of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. How is Christ the model for forgiveness? What must we do if unforgiveness has a root in our hearts? What is Jesus' response to evil?
Sermon on Matthew 5:5, "Blessed are the Meek, for they shall inherit the earth", for All Saints' Day. What does it mean to be meek? Is meekness weakness, or something else? How was Christ meek, and how are we to be meek? What are the promises to the meek, and where are they rooted in the Old Testament? What is indicated about the future "new heavens and new earth?"