Sermon Archives

Parables of Jesus
November 25, 2018

The Prayer Prosthesis

Christ the King Sunday is the columniation of the church calendar year. We pray relentlessly for Jesus to come and reign as King of kings and Lord of lords and create the eternal new heaven and the new earth. Next week is the First Sunday of Advent, and we pick up the plea of Scripture, […]

November 18, 2018

Drawing Lines

God drew a circle that took us in because God’s territorial imperative is bigger than we can comprehend. Jesus draws endless circles around us: circles of love, circles of hope, circles of peace. The Holy Spirit compels us to climb over our self-made lines and step into the middle of God’s greater circle. God calls […]

November 11, 2018

The Liars’ Club

Jesus isn’t saying that we should be dishonest; instead, he’s advising us to use whatever wealth we have — what he calls “dishonest wealth” — to build a community that can endure. None of us is meant to live a life of isolation. None of us is designed to practice our faith apart from the […]

November 4, 2018

Murphy’s Law Inverted

A showing and a glowing church is a church which prays, a church which studies, a church which worships, a church which remembers the sacraments, a church which offers praise and thanksgiving. A showing church is ready for whatever comes. A glowing church lights the way for others. With such a church, Murphy doesn’t stand […]

October 28, 2018

Life’s Two Pockets

Elzéard Bouffier was neither saint nor sinner: he was both. Though he intended to cut himself off from his fellow human beings, he succeeded in shepherding a reborn creation into existence, and brought new possibility for life to his neighbors. Bouffier chose to take his hand out of life’s left pocket, out of the ashes […]

October 14, 2018

Please, Don’t Drop In!

Although we often say we are willing to help, like good Christians should, we rarely drop by and do anything. Although we often see the need, far too often we don’t make the effort to get off our donkeys, lift up fallen persons, and escort them to safety. The victims of our world — and […]

October 7, 2018

Unhappy Servants

This parable forces us to ask: What if we saw our jobs not as something to be endured, but as part of our vocation as followers of Jesus? What if we spent every day, not comparing ourselves to others, but doing all in our power to lift others up? Jesus calls us to be part […]

September 30, 2018

The Four Soils

When we proclaim the Gospel or teach the Word of God to our neighbors, the results will vary according to the condition of the hearts of our hearers; but success or failure does not hinge on our skill as sowers or the quality of the seed. Some of the seed we scatter will fall on […]

September 23, 2018

Jesus Loves a Good Deal

Sometimes the ordinary turns out to be extraordinary! Jesus knows there’s great treasure in you, too. In fact, he died to prove it to you. Jesus loves a good deal. Jesus believes you are worth everything he had to give up, including his life, because he wants you to have the treasures of God’s Kingdom. […]

September 16, 2018

One Ominous Day In Galilee

This encounter between Jesus and the Pharisees is essential to understanding Jesus and his Gospel: love and care for people always surpasses strict obedience to the law. This story confronts us with God’s truth and dares us to believe it. This story challenges us to put aside what we think we know, and to listen […]