Sermons

Stop Fooling Around

Stop Fooling Around

For several years I have been trying to lead one of my favorite people into the ministry. I have been extremely sensitive to his needs, letting him work as slowly as he needs through all the obstacles and questions. I have been subtle in my prodding, very gentle. Recently, he came to tell me he […]

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Karen and Jan’s Wedding

Karen and Jan’s Wedding

Ruth 1: 16-17 Ruth said,
‘Do not press me to leave you
 or to turn back from following you!
 Where you go, I will go;
 where you lodge, I will lodge;
 your people shall be my people,
 and your God my God. 
Where you die, I will die—
 there will I be buried.
 May the Lord […]

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At the Mount of the Beatitudes

At the Mount of the Beatitudes

I preached this sermon last January during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with people from Good Shepherd Lutheran in Gaithersburg, Maryland. We were on the spot at the the Sea of Galilee where many believe Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount. We had just been to Caesurea Philippi where Peter confessed Jesus to […]

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The Sower: Proper 10  (Pentecost 8)

The Sower: Proper 10 (Pentecost 8)

Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, “The Sower and the Setting Sun” played a very special role in my ministry. The artist wrote frequently that it was his first effort to use extravagant, bold, contrasting color to express emotion. You can almost feel the heat of the sun beating out from the canvas. You experience the exhaustion […]

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God’s Beloved: Epiphany 3a

God’s Beloved: Epiphany 3a

This is a very special day for me. In November 1999, I began to feel ill in the middle of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In four days, I had heart bypass surgery. For the first time in my life, I faced the reality of my own death. After two months recovery I returned to work on […]

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Words, Words, Words: Proper 18B

Words, Words, Words: Proper 18B

Why did Jesus heal the deaf man? What went through his mind when people brought this broken soul to him? Mark indicates he was inconvenienced; not prepared for this intrusion, but he sighed deeply, took him away from the crowds and healed him, with the admonition at least to keep it quiet. What did that […]

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Hermano- The Most Dangerous Word: Proper 12B

Hermano- The Most Dangerous Word: Proper 12B

Behave as if you believe. Part of me wants this very much, because it is the way to the fullness of God. But another part resists. “Behave as if you believe” are very dangerous words. They remind me Tennessee Williams’ wonderful play, “Camino Real” where Gutman, a portly man in a white suit, panics when […]

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Women in the Church, Mothers’ Day: Pentecost

Women in the Church, Mothers’ Day: Pentecost

It is Pentecost and Mothers’ Day, a good time to remind ourselves we are in the middle of the biggest revolution of all time. It sometimes pits one half of the world’s population against the other. Thank God it is a bloodless. Of course, I am speaking of women’s liberation. It is only in the […]

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Emmanuel: Fourth of July

Emmanuel: Fourth of July

It is the Fourth of July, the day our nation sets aside to remember the birth of our freedom in 1776. The celebration has always been associated with the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. We often forget this document is primarily a long list of reasons why we were separating ourselves from the British […]

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The Hallelujah Chorus: Proper 4

The Hallelujah Chorus: Proper 4

St. John never wrote a birth story. Instead he celebrates God becoming human by singing the first Christmas carol. His song claims that this birth overcomes the darkness of this world and enables us to become children of God. Repeatedly, he says it makes available grace upon grace. In many ways grace is Christianity’s gift […]

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