Sermon for Lent 4, Year B

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.” John 3:16 is a verse that many know by heart. So much so, that you may see John 3:16 on a bumper sticker and nothing else. Of course, […]

Sermon for Lent 3, Year B

In today’s gospel, we get a glimpse into Jesus as a person. At times we hear that Jesus sees the needs of people and has compassion, but in this gospel story, Jesus is angry, brandishing a whip of sorts, overturning tables, and shouting. As he drives merchants from the temple, he says, “Stop making my […]

Sermon for Lent 2, Year B

In Paul’s letter to the Romans, he references the covenant God makes with Abraham in our lesson from Genesis. Paul notes that God makes this covenant not because Abraham has followed God’s law, but because of Abraham’s faith. Paul’s point—obedience to the law is not as important as our faith in God. Whereas fear is […]

Sermon for Lent 1, Year B

Before I begin, I want to tell you that some of my shortest sermons follow our diocesan convention, especially when it falls on the Sunday after Ash Wednesday, making it extremely difficult to start writing a sermon early in the week. At our diocesan convention, Bishop Harmon said there are four P’s found in the […]

Sermon for Ash Wednesday

One of the most important parts of this service is the Invitation to a Holy Lent, which I will issue to you after my sermon. In it, we are called to examine ourselves and our lives and to repent of our sins. We are to do this through prayer, fasting, and self-denial. We are also […]

Sermon for the Last Sunday of Epiphany

When I was in seminary, my Old Testament professor, Dr. James Sanders, told us that the Jewish faith exists today because of the three C’s: Customs, Clothing, and Calendar. It is fair to say that since the beginning of time, people have identified with their nation and/or faith beliefs, but when a nation is conquered, […]