Sermons

Proper 22,C   October 5 & 6, 2019        It’s all about grace. My Theological Dictionary of  the New Testament gives these definitions of the Greek word charis: to rejoice; joy; grace; to give freely; to bless; gift; gratitude, thanksgiving. …

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Sept. 29, 2019   Proper 21, C           This story about the rich man and Lazarus could be a parable, or a warning, or an old folk tale given new life. It depends on who you ask.      It doesn’t …

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Sept. 21 & 22, 2019    Proper 20, C        This passage from Luke is considered to be the most complicated and difficult to understand –and not just by me! Fortunately, we have help to sort it out.      In …

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September 15, 2019       Proper 19, C         This gospel makes me think of “Amazing Grace.”       I love that hymn, but I think we’ve lost the power of John Newton’s words. He was a slave trader who fell off …

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Sept. 7 & 8, 2019     Proper 18, C           This is a very difficult gospel to read and preach on. It is also not really different from what we have heard from Jesus in the past few weeks.      …

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September 1, 2019    Proper 17,C        Jesus is at a dinner party. He sees the other guests vying for the best seats, so he tells a story.      He says that we should sit down “lower” – away from …

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August 24 & 25, 2019     Proper 16, C            Jesus is teaching in the synagogue when he sees a woman who has been crippled for 18 years.       We don’t know anything more about this woman, but we do …

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August 18, 2019    Proper 15C         This Gospel reading makes me want to go hide under my bed until next week.       These are harsh, scary, and prophetic words from Jesus.       He is not predicting what is going …

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August 5, 2019    Proper 13C         My favorite line in Scriptures is in next Sunday’s gospel. Jesus says, “Fear not, little flock, it is your Father’s good will to give you the kingdom.”       I hope that you will …

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July 13 & 14, 2019    Proper 10C         “And who is my neighbor?”       This story we call “the Good Samaritan” is one of Jesus’ most familiar and enduring parables.       If by some chance you have never heard …

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