Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday “An Inside Joke” Prov. 8:22, John 8:48-59     Do you ever wonder where we get our Scripture readings for Sundays? Did you think I just pick them on a whim, maybe? Well, I don’t. Small “c” catholic churches (Rome, Lutherans, Anglicans, Eastern Orthodox, a smattering

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Pentecost

S. Day of Pentecost.19 “Awkward Age” John 14:23-31     “Arise, let us go from here…” Jesus says, last line of our Gospel, favorite of mine—which, for me, sums up the Day of Pentecost beautifully…     His line brings to mind one of my favorite memories of Pastor

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6th Sunday of Easter – Vicar Steffen

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, 2019 Berett Steffen                 Stories like the one in our Gospel Reading usually get preached in one of two ways. Way number one: if you believe in Jesus hard enough, he will heal you of any and all afflictions here

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5th Sunday of Easter

S. Easter 5.19 “Good News/Bad News Pt. II” John 16:12-22     This morning’s Gospel is really part II of the “Good News/Bad News” paradox of Christianity we began last week. “Is being a Christian a sorrowful or a joyful thing?” “Yes! You totally get it!” “Uh, no,

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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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