November 30, 2017
Sermon on Psalm 42, for Advent 1 Midweek, about this Psalm of individual lament, and how it expresses the storms and griefs of the soul, while trusting in God through the dark times. What role had the Psalmist had, and how did that color his present sadness? What is the basis of his hope? What imagery describes the sadness of his heart? How can we weather such storms?
* We had a wonderful service of Evening Prayer, at which I preached this message, and we sang many beautiful variations of Psalm 42 and hymns inspired by it or echoing themes of it. Our sermon hymn was "As the Hart" by Dewey Westra, from the Genevan Psalter, and we also sang "When Peace Like a River" (It is Well with my Soul), and "The Night Will Soon Be Ending". I wish I had made a recording to share with you the beauty of the singing! Truly stirring, with rich words of Scripture as the foundation.
November 27, 2017
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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November 27, 2017
Sermon on Psalm 95, for Thanksgiving Eve service. We sang the Venite--the liturgical treasure of the church that is the versification of Psalm 95:1-7, and reflected on why and how we "come into God's presence with thanksgiving." How does the historical reference of this Psalm (see Exodus 17 and Hebrews 3-4) contrast the attitude of grumbling and of thanksgiving? How does the Psalm picture God's control of creation?
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November 20, 2017
Sermon on Proverbs 8:11-22, for the 23rd Sunday after Trinity, about how Christ is the Wisdom of God, how Wisdom is personified in Proverbs 8, and how the pursuit of earthly, practical wisdom relates to the higher pursuit of Christ as the Wisdom of God. How is Wisdom woven into creation? What did God delight in Wisdom and in His creation?
November 13, 2017
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?
November 6, 2017
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?"