August 16, 2021
Sermon on Luke 1:46-55, for the Festival of St. Mary, mother of our Lord, about her song, the "Magnificat", where she declares: "My soul magnifies the Lord..."
What does it mean to be a "soul magnifier" of the Lord? What mighty deeds has He done? How do we pass on the faith from generation to generation? How do we become "soul magnifiers" of God?
January 5, 2021
Sermon on Luke 2:40-52, for the 2nd Sunday after Christmas 2020 (B), about Jesus' submission to His parents after leaving the Temple as a 12 year old. How does this theme of submission trace through Jesus' life, and what does it mean for us? What does it mean for us to submit?
December 28, 2020
Sermon on Luke 2:22-40, the 1st Sunday after Pentecost 2020 (B), about how Simeon was "ready to go" after the Lord Jesus came to him and he saw with his own eyes God's salvation. How do we live a life of peace, hope, and readiness? How does Christ come to us today?
May 9, 2020
Sermon on Luke 24:13-35, for the 3rd Sunday of Easter 2020 (A series), about the meeting of Jesus with the disciples on the Road to Emmaus. What does this teach us about how to read Scripture, and about the key ways in which Jesus is revealed to us?
November 2, 2019
Sermon on Luke 18:1-8, for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost (C), the parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge. What does this teach us about prayer? Faith? Injustice and difficulties? Persistence? The Character of God?
November 2, 2019
Sermon on Luke 18:9-17, for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost (C), about the Pharisee and the tax collector. Exploring the themes of self-righteousness and righteousness by faith, repentance and forgiveness, and what is the nature of God that He forgives the repentant sinner?
April 16, 2019
Sermon on Luke 23:23-25 for Palm Sunday, about the call of the people for Jesus' to be crucified, and how the voices, demands, and will of the people contrast to God's Voice, demands, and will.
December 31, 2018
Sermon on Luke 2:22-40, for the 1st Sunday after Christmas, about Jesus' blessing by aged Simeon and Anna. How are these elderly believers example to us of a lifelong commitment of faith? How does God sustain faith? What is our response to God's Promises? What is the significance of Christian community, in relation to our faith?
December 10, 2018
Sermon on Luke 3:1-14, for the 2nd Sunday in Advent (3 Yr lectionary...switched back). How do we respond to John the Baptist's sharp call to repentance? How do we see unrepentance in our own lives? How does God break through that unrepentance? What does it look like to bear fruits in keeping with repentance? How do we "see the salvation of God" in Jesus Christ?
September 24, 2018
Sermon on Proverbs 25:6-14 & Luke 14:7-11, for the 17th Sunday after Trinity (1 Yr Lectionary), about honor and dishonor. What did Jesus teach about actions that are honorable or dishonorable? What is the definition of honor? Is it right to seek after honor, and if so, how do we do it? How should we NOT do it? How did Jesus live His life, with regard to honor? How do we find a life of honor?
September 17, 2018
Sermon on Luke 7:11-17, for the 16th Sunday after Trinity, about the raising of the son of the widow at Nain, Jesus' miracle. Why do some people try to "get rid of God" because of the suffering they see and experience in this world? Why does that not make anything better? What truth do Christians cling to, about God's presence and relation to our suffering? How does this miracle comfort us, who do not receive a personal miracle like they did in the reading? What was different about the raising of this boy, and Jesus' own resurrection from the dead? How does having "God in the picture" bring real hope in the midst of suffering?
August 15, 2018
Sermon on Luke 18:9-14, for the 11th Sunday after Trinity (1 Yr lectionary), about the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, and the lessons it teaches in self-righteousness vs. humility, and what attains God's verdict of "justified." What is this verdict about? How does God show His mercy? How is our relationship to God and also our fellow man changed by a proper kind of dependence on God? What is the right and wrong kind of confidence with which to approach God?
June 25, 2018
Sermon on Luke 1:57-80, for the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, about Zechariah and Elizabeth's naming of their son, and the prophetic song that Zechariah sung over his newborn when the Lord opened his mouth from 9 months of silence. What are the main themes of the song? What truth framed the life and ministry of John? How was the kingdom of God "on the move" in John's day?
June 18, 2018
Sermon on Luke 15:1-10, for the 3rd Sunday after Trinity (1 Yr Lectionary), about the parables of the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin, or rather the parables on the faithful redeeming love of God, who faithfully retrieves what is lost. Also a reflection on the fact that God has made a "way home" for us by repentance from our sins. How do these parables reflect the heart of God? How did Jesus live out this redeeming love on earth? How is this a model for our father's to imitate? Happy Father's Day, by the way, to my dad and all other fathers out there. I hope this may be an encouragement not only to fathers but to all men, women, boys and girls to rejoice in God's redeeming love, and also to rejoice in the unique ways that God has made us male and female.
June 13, 2018
Sermon on Luke 14:15-24, for the 2nd Sunday after Trinity (1 Yr Lectionary), about Jesus' parable of the banquet and the guests who wouldn't come. What is astonishing about the refusal of the guests? What does it say about their attitude toward the host? How do people run from God's generosity today? What is the blessing of coming into His feast? How broadly does He open His invitation? Why does He explain that some of them will need to be "compelled" to come in?