Sermon for Epiphany I: In Christ (Eph. 1:3-14)

SERMON for Epiphany I (Ephesians 1:3-14) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places… (Ephesians 1.3) • The Lord be with you. On our recent trip to Europe something I hadn’t anticipated happened. One day we took theContinue reading “Sermon for Epiphany I: In Christ (Eph. 1:3-14)”

SERMON: Sit, Walk, and Stand – The Three Postures of the Christian (Ephesians)

SERMON: Sit, Walk, and Stand – the 3 postures of the Christian (Ephesians) The Lord be with you. Today we are deviating from the church calendar in order to begin the Epiphany season. Epiphany is tomorrow, January 6. It is the time of the church year when we mark how Jesus brought light to ourContinue reading “SERMON: Sit, Walk, and Stand – The Three Postures of the Christian (Ephesians)”

Sermon: The first family Christmas

Note from CM: We are on the road for a few days, so no Sunday sermon for this post. Here is the sermon I preached on Christmas Eve, giving a different perspective on what that first Christmas might have been like. • • • Sermon: Christmas Eve 2019 The first family Christmas The Lord beContinue reading “Sermon: The first family Christmas”

Sermon: Advent IV — How Silently, How Silently

Sermon: Advent 4A
 How Silently, How Silently (Matthew 1:18-25) The Lord be with you. Whereas the Gospel of Luke tells the story of Jesus’ birth from Mary’s perspective, Matthew tells it through the eyes of Joseph. Both of these accounts share common elements in describing what took place. Both testify that Jesus was to beContinue reading “Sermon: Advent IV — How Silently, How Silently”

Sermon: Advent III — Jesus Commends the Doubter

Sermon: Advent III Jesus Commends the Doubter (Matt 11:2-11) Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist… • Matthew 11:11 • • • Jesus gives great praise to John the Baptist in today’s Gospel. He commends him as a strong man of truth, a prophetContinue reading “Sermon: Advent III — Jesus Commends the Doubter”

Sermon: Advent II — The Repentant Life

Sermon: Advent II The Repentant Life (Matthew 3:1-12) The Lord be with you. John the Baptist proclaimed, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” One of our most beloved stories at Christmas time is a tale about repentance — Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. It’s about the repentance of a man named EbenezerContinue reading “Sermon: Advent II — The Repentant Life”

Sermon: Advent I — Living in Hope on the “Day Before”

Sermon: Advent I 2019 The Lord be with you. Happy new year! Today is the first Sunday in the Advent season, the beginning of a new church year. From now until Pentecost, we will be remembering and reflecting upon the story of the good news that came to us in Jesus Christ. And it allContinue reading “Sermon: Advent I — Living in Hope on the “Day Before””

Sermon: Reign of Christ Sunday — What kind of King is this?

Sermon: Reign of Christ Sunday What kind of King is this? (Luke 22:33-43) The Lord be with you. On the church calendar, it is the last Sunday of the year, the Sunday on which we celebrate the Reign of Christ — his Kingship, his rulership over all of our lives, over all the world, overContinue reading “Sermon: Reign of Christ Sunday — What kind of King is this?”

Sermon: Firmly Situated in This World

Sermon: 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we wereContinue reading “Sermon: Firmly Situated in This World”

Sermon: Life after Life after Death

Sermon: Luke 20:27-38 Life after Life after Death But resurrection life, Jesus insists, is qualitatively different. The ordinary events and relationships by which we track our journey though this mortal life — marriage, childbirth, graduations, retirements and so on — do not characterize our eternal lives because resurrection life is not merely an extension ofContinue reading “Sermon: Life after Life after Death”