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An Easter Sermon
a Homily for Easter
Text: John 20:1-18
I know that many of you were unable to attend the many parts of Holy Week and so missed the opportunity to know what we are actually celebrating this morning. So here’s a brief recap.
- On Sunday, Jesus, surrounded by a great crowd, arrives in Jerusalem. He makes it very clear that His God is GOD, not…
Faith In Spite of Death
a Sermon for Good FridayBy what authority?
Text: John 18:1-19:42
There’s a telling moment toward the beginning of Holy Week that explains the drama that is unfolding. A moment that involves a simple enough pair of questions:
By what authority are you doing these things?
Who gave you this authority to do them?
It is the very crux of the story.
For us, the question is simple. By what…
Not Alone: Maundy Thursday and the Building of Intimacy
a Sermon for Maundy ThursdayThe Cup
Text: John 13:1-17, 31b-35
This year, it was helpful for me to remember that we have developed a different way of marking days from Jesus’s time and place. Then, the day began at dusk. So this, Jesus’s final day, has begun. He gathers His friends for dinner, for a final teaching. Small. Subtle.
In the version of the story we receive from the gospel we call…
Speaking: Palm Sunday and the liberation of Jesus
a Sermon for Palm Sunday A
Text: Matthew 21:1-11
Photo Credit: Drew DownsSomething to Say
What would you say and how would you say it?
That was the basis of the writing exercise we did Wednesday night.* Imagine that you have a prime time block on TV on Thursday night; 50 million people are watching, you have a nearly unlimited budget, and freedom to make the program the way you want it to be.
Unbinding: emptying the tomb
a Sermon for Lent 5A
Text: John 11:1-45
Our story is almost over. Jesus is nearing Jerusalem. And in one final, glorious act, Jesus reveals the very thing He has come to do. A big show of great, inhuman power, in which the whole purpose of the mission is revealed.
For us to get there, we have to abandon our own blindness.
Say Goodbye, Mr. Snow Pile
Once you were mighty. Now, not so much.
I know you were the biggest snow pile by my home in years. A mountain, really. Quite powerful and treacherous. Mighty.
You lasted, and grew through the winter.
And I see you are still holding out hope. Your friends have all gone. It’s just you now. Your former glory: a memory.
You don’t have much left.
Don’t worry. I won’t forget you. Never. I promise.
Leaving the Cave: seeing, believing, and true power
a Sermon for Lent 4A
Text: John 9:1-41
In Plato’s Republic, the philosopher introduces a strange scenario in which a prisoner is trapped in a cave. The prisoner knows nothing of the world as we know it. He’s stuck in one place, staring straight ahead for a long, long time.
Behind him is a fire, which casts shadows on the…