4th Sunday of Easter Good Shepherd Sunday

. Easter 4.19 “No One Can Snatch Them… But Plenty Will Try!” John 10:22-30/Acts 20:17-35             There’s a line in a Laurie Anderson “song” that goes: “You know what I really like about the stars? It’s that we can’t hurt them. We can’t burn them, or melt

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3rd Sunday of Easter – Vicar Steffen

Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter, 2019 Berett Steffen                 The Gospel reading for this morning is one of those readings where you really have to put some serious thought into what you’re going to preach about, because there’s a lot going on. You have Jesus’

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Second Sunday of Easter

S. Easter 2.19 “Believe to See” John 20:19-31             It’s maybe easier to start by saying what this familiar story is not about—what it’s not saying to us. The conventional narrative on this story is that Thomas has doubts. How can the dead rise again, really, in

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Easter Sunday

S. Easter Sunday.19 “Like Idle Tales…” Luke 24:1-12             So… I finally made it, last summer—thanks to the sabbatical you granted, to His tomb in Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, to see, myself. I told people for years that I didn’t need to go, didn’t

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Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday

Passion Sunday.19 “Glory and Honor” John 12:20-43             I heard the worst sermon, recently. It literally made me sick to my stomach for the rest of the day. Reason #506 not to go to pastor’s conferences (validating again my teacher John Stroup’s counsel that the only good

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5th Sunday in Lent

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent, 2019 Berett Steffen Jesus tells today’s parable standing in the Jerusalem temple, surrounded by skeptical people and downright p.o.’d priests, scribes, and temple bigwigs. This is exactly the kind of audience Jesus likes, because he gets to tell his most

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4th Sunday in Lent

Lent 4.19 “No Matter What I Do…” Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 It was probably 10 years ago. I came home from church one weekday evening and found my wife and two kids huddled together on the couch over an old, slim, white paperback. They were laughing so hard

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3rd Sunday in Lent

  Lent 3.19 “Bless Their Hearts!” Luke 13:1-9 We live in a literally crazy world. The vast majority of people are completely stark raving bonkers. Christianity alone sees the world as it really is, people as we really are. But, IT doesn’t go over too well in

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2nd Sunday in Lent

Lent 2.19 “Stand Your Ground Savior” Luke 13:31-35 The three days at the heart of our Gospel today have confused lots of people—“scholars” especially! Most people think Jesus’ line that He must “journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should

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1st Sunday in Lent

Lent 1.19 “Devilish” Luke 4:1-13 I hate the devil. I know that’s nothing profound or anything, I mean heck, we all do, right? But for me, I think sometimes it goes much more beyond this. For instance (and this may be unfair of me) I can’t for

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