Sermons from 2015

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Sermon Christmas Eve 2015 Isaiah 9:2-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

[Click here for video] I was born in the 1960s, and so I was approaching my teen years when the Vietnam war ended. Shortly thereafter, the Iran hostage situation happened, and the Marine barracks in Beirut were attacked, and we invaded Grenada, and, while Karen and I were on our honeymoon, in April, 1986, we […]

Sermon Advent 3 C 2015 Luke 3:7-18, Philippians 4:4-7

[Click here for video] There seems to be a very clear difference between our reading from Philippians and our Gospel reading for today. Paul and John the Baptist seem to have very different understandings of and very different ways of proclaiming what the coming of the Lord means, not that one’s better than the other, […]

Sermon Advent 2 C 2015 Malachi 3:1-4; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 3:1-6

We began our keeping of Advent last week thinking about God’s faithfulness, about how God keeps God’s covenant promises, even when things seem to spin out of control at times in our lives and in our world. We also considered what our response ought to look like at such times, as those who are named […]

Sermon Advent 1 2015 Jeremiah 33:14-16 (20-21); Luke 21:25-36

Sometimes I wonder about the folks who put our lectionary (the 3-year series of appointed readings that we use in worship) together, and what they were thinking when they decided what to include and what to cut, where to start and where to end our readings from week to week. It must have been a […]

Sermon Proper 28, Lectionary 33 B 2015 Mark 13:1-8; Hebrews 10:11-25

[Click here for video] Our Gospel today picks up right where we left off last week. As Jesus and his disciples are heading out of the Temple, the disciples begin to marvel at the size of the buildings and the majesty of the whole thing. Now, remember, Jesus has just taught them about the abuse […]

Sermon Proper 27, Lectionary 32, 1 Kings 17:8-16; Mark 12:38-44

[Click here for video] Today we find ourselves confronted with two stories of widows, two examples of apparent human failure to care for the most vulnerable in our midst, and while I wish I could say that we, as human beings, have grown in our capacity to care for our most vulnerable, and there are […]

Sermon for All Saints Day, 2015 Isaiah 25:6-9; Revelation 21:1-6a; John 11:32-44

[click here for video] In a book called “The Mission Table: Renewing Congregation and Community” (Augsburg Fortress, 2013), former Metro NY Synod Bishop, Stephen Bouman, tells a story about a funeral. He was presiding graveside for a Korean Lutheran family and when the service was over people started heading to their cars, and he assumed […]

Sermon: Reformation Sunday 2015, John 8:31-36, Jeremiah 31:31-34

Today is Reformation Sunday, a day that marks our commemoration of the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation when, on October 31, 1517, Dr. Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic priest and professor in Wittenberg, Germany, began a protest movement against the Roman Catholic church’s claims that they controlled the storehouse of God’s grace, and that they, […]