Sermon for the 1st Sunday in Advent 2016

Advent 1.16 “Who is This?” Matt. 21:1-11 Who is this? That’s the question everyone has about Jesus, then as now. This is how we begin a new church year today, the first Sunday in Advent, with Jesus riding into Jerusalem as King. There’s a line from one

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Sermon for the Last Sunday of the Church Year 2016

Last Sunday.16 “King” Luke 23:27-43 Save yourself. Did you notice how often this refrain occurs in our reading this morning? Three times actually (a usually significant number in the Scriptures). First, the rulers, sneering at Him, tell Jesus: “save Yourself, if you are the Christ, the chosen

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Sermon for the 26th Sunday after Pentecost 2016

Pentecost 26.16 “Look up, Lift up” Luke 21:5-28 Don’t be afraid of scary stuff. In a nutshell, that is the message of a rather long and involved Gospel for today. It amazes me how weirdly timely the Gospel readings of the lectionary often turn out to be.

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Sermon for All Saints Sunday 2016

All Saints.16 “Unrecognizable” Matt: 5:1-12/Rev. 7:9-17 I don’t think I’ve ever preached on a text from Revelation in my life, but there’s a first time for everything, right? The early church expressed doubts about whether Revelation was canonical or not (we learn from Eusebius, the 4th century

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