Sermon for Holy Trinity Sunday 2015

S. Trinity Sunday.15 “Athanasius Contra Mundum” John 3:1-17 Nicodemus had a problem. Did you notice it in our Gospel reading? “Sure! That he couldn’t figure out how a man can be born anew when he is old?” Well, that’s a difficulty, I grant you, but I don’t

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Sermon for the Day of Pentecost 2015

S. The Day of Pentecost.15 “Graduations” John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15 The weirdness we spoke of last Sunday at Christ’s Ascension continues today, the Day of Pentecost. We thought it a little strange that Jesus should disappear from view just 40 days after His Resurrection if His Resurrection is

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Sermon for Ascension Day (Observed) 2015

S. Ascension.15 “First Time to See” Acts 1:1-11 The Ascension of our Lord is kind of a puzzling thing, isn’t it? Maybe that’s why we have the story told to us twice today? But neither Luke’s account in Acts nor the account in the Gospel exactly answers

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Sermon for the 6th Sunday of Easter 2015

S. Easter 6.15 “Friends” John 15:9-17 My mom always stressed that I should choose my friends carefully (perhaps you had a similar experience?). She also seemed to think that I did not always do this very well: “I see Brad Gregg’s name pops up a quite a

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