Sermon on Matthew 6:24-34, from the Sermon on the Mount, for the 15th Sunday after Trinity (1 YR lectionary), about who is our master--God, or money. What demands does money make, if it is our master? What does it give us? What does it take from us? How does worry factor in? How is Jesus a better master in every way? What does He give us in return? Where is God's kingdom and righteousness to be found?
Sermon on Luke 17:11-19, for the 14th Sunday after Trinity, about Jesus' healing ten lepers, and the one Samaritan who returned to give thanks. What does Jesus imply about the nature of the healing(s) received when he says, "Rise and go, your faith has made you well?" What makes for our wellness? What do we learn from the darker chapters of history, in seeing both the evils and suffering, but also the shining examples of compassion and sacrifice? Why did Jesus enter human history? How did He change it? What is the nature of worship, and why we do it?
Sermon on Luke 10:23-37 (with references to Galatians 3), for the 13th Sunday after Trinity (1 Yr Lectionary), about Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan. What was the teacher of the law trying to learn from Jesus? How was he trying to use the law in a way for which it had not been given? What does the parable teach us about who is our neighbor? What characterizes the actions of the Good Samaritan, and who is the best description of that care? How are we enabled to love our neighbor, not for justifying ourselves, but out of a new definition of who we are? How do we inherit eternal life?
Sermon on 2 Corinthians 3:4-11, for the 12th Sunday after Trinity (1 Yr. Lectionary), about how Paul's ministry to the Corinthians, what it means to be "letters written on human hearts" and the difference between the old covenant and the new covenant. Why does the "letter kill" but the "spirit gives life?" Is the law of God a bad thing, since Paul describes it negatively here? What is the difference about the Gospel message? How are we made alive?