Jesus leaves the wilderness not empty, but full — full of God — because he has been fasting. In this sermon, we learn to fast in order to open spaces within us for God to fill.
I didn’t expect this sermon to be about prayer when I started writing it, but that’s where the Spirit led me. The second half is a meditation on silent prayer, which I hope you find helpful.
In this week’s sermon we look at what Jesus might mean when he says, “Be perfect.” Try this translation on for size: “Be fulfilled in your true purpose, as your heavenly Father is the culmination of all true purposes.”
In this week’s sermon, we have a choice — not just between life and death because Jesus has already chosen life for each of us — but a choice about what kind of life we want to live.
In a rare sequel to a sermon, in this one I expand on the thoughts from last week. We are God’s glass, but we don’t emit as much light as we were designed to do.
In my first sermon as rector of St. Mark’s, I had the opportunity to preach on a text not often read — the presentation of Jesus at the temple. Here are a few words about the light that enlightens the nations.
In my last sermon at St. Stephen’s, I speak about a beginning. Here’s a snapshot of my understanding of baptism at this point in my priesthood.
This sermon is written from the perspective of Joseph, and it tells of his struggle between two right choices. Choosing between right and wrong is easy. Choosing between right and right: that’s a harder challenge.
The sermon explores the true meaning of repentance, which is very different from the one that popular culture and certain expressions of Christianity offer. Plus, my yearly nod to The Princess Bride.
Luke provides us three of Jesus’ seven last words from the cross. Here we look at these three words, and how they open up for us the reality of the reign of Christ. (Note: I expanded the reading by three verses to get the last word in there. Don’t worry — I’m allowed to do that.)