Sermon for the Third Sunday after the Epiphany

January 27, 2019 1 Corinthians 12:21-31a All the Members Are Necessary   We have seen a number of new words coined in recent  decades because of technology. But the social milieu of recent years has brought a few new words of its own. One of those words that has found common use is intersectionality. It

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Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord

January 13, 2019 Luke 3:15-22 Jesus’ Righteousness Assigned to You   None of us could imagine Jesus walking down by the river and never stepping in, that is, never being baptized. To do so would be to deny who He is and what He had come to earth to accomplish. The eternal Word of God

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Sermon for the Epiphany of Our Lord

January 6, 2019 Matthew 2:1-12 Hoping and Waiting for the Coming King   Herod and all Jerusalem were troubled when they heard from a group of wise men that a king was born to the Jews, and that they had come to worship him. So, Herod summons the chief priests to ascertain from prophecy where

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Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

December 23, 2018 Luke 1:39-56 Blessed Before and After   With the Fourth Sunday of Advent falling as close as it possibly can to Christmas, I suppose that even the most ardent of Advent observers have already begun moving on to Christmas. So, rather than shocking you back into our state of anticipation, I’ll work

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Sermon for the Third Sunday in Advent

December 16, 2018 Luke7:18-28 The One You’re Looking for   Every one of us has been faced with that question: Is Jesus for real? Is He really what I have been taught and what I confess? Is there some truth to those other religions or is every religion just a hoax, a pacifier for the

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Sermon for the Second Sunday in Advent

December 9, 2018 Luke 3:1-14 A Kingdom Prepared    Sometimes it’s hard to imagine how anybody didn’t understand that Jesus was the Messiah foretold in the Scriptures. His birth was announced by the angels and His ministry heralded by John the Baptizer. But then again, who wants to believe a wild looking man living on

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Sermon for the First Sunday in Advent

December 2, 2018 Luke 19:28-40 Here Comes the King    In preparing for today’s sermon, I read some comments that noted how the colt seemed to be a large focus of this selected reading from Luke. While there had to be many conversations between Jesus and His disciples that didn’t involve parables and teaching, most

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