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Fight or Flight? Fear or Faith? A sermon in response to Charlottesville 8-13-17

Read 1 Kings 19:9-18, Psalm 85:8-13, Romans 10:5-15, Matthew 14:22-33   We are all born with the animal instinct of fight or flight. When threatened, we instinctively move into one posture or the other. I wonder how often that choice is based on past experience. If we have fought, and that worked out well, are […]

Sermon: Proper 12, Lectionary 17 C, 2016 Luke 11:1-13

There are folks in the world who struggle with the image of God as Father, in part because their own earthly father was not of a type that would be easily transferrable to the image of our loving God. Martin Luther himself had exactly this issue, in fact. Luther’s father, it is said, was so […]

Sermon Proper 10 Lectionary 15 C 2016 Luke 10:25-37; Colossians 1:1-14

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”   I’m willing to bet that this isn’t the first time anyone here has heard this story. And that’s both good and bad. Good, because it’s part of our shared ethos as a congregation, as God’s people, but bad, perhaps, because we […]

Sermon Proper 8 Lectionary 13 C 2016 Luke 9:51-62; Galatians 5:1, 13-15

Who do you think the world would be better off without? It’s a tough question, isn’t it, if we’re really going to be honest? Though, it doesn’t seem too tough of a question for James and John.   Jesus has set his face toward Jerusalem – a strange phrase that Luke uses here that seems […]

Sermon Proper 5 Lectionary 10 C 2016 Luke 7:11-17, 1 Kings 17:17-24

[Click here for video] There’s a literary technique that can be helpful in interpreting Biblical texts, namely, that one can come to understand a character through the first thing that character says. In the case of the Gospel of Luke, the first thing we hear from Jesus is when he’s 12 years old and he […]

Sermon Holy Trinity C 2016 Romans 5:1-5

[Click here for video] The Church has long witnessed and confessed to the truth of the Trinity, and has done so in various ways, some more relatable, more accessible, than others. The Church has also struggled with the concept of a triune Godhead, and various heretical understandings have had to be put aside – The […]