Sermons

I don’t always write sermons down, but when I do, I post them on the blog, and you can quickly link to them from this page. There is a difference between a “sermon” and “preaching.” A sermon is like looking at a musical score, while preaching is like listening to the music. Preaching happens when the words of the sermon and the attention of the listener mingle. So, what you have here is half the raw material for the preaching moment. The other half is your interaction with it. Cheers, Adam.

A prayer for Sermon Writing

Dear God, I offer this sermon to you, and I ask that you grant me the grace to put such grace into words; help me, an imperfect being, speak of perfection; help me, a fallen being, speak of the one who has arisen. Make my unworthy words worthy, my poor offering rich. May I listen well enough to hear what you would have me say, and together may we find the words to bring your good news to those yearning to hear it. In Jesus Christ’s name, I pray. Amen.

SIGHThorizontalline

2014

The Language of Embrace” (Sermon for Sunday, April 7, 2014 || Lent 5A || John 11:1-45)

Echoing I Am” (Sermon for Sunday, March 30, 2014 || Lent 4A || John 9:1-41)

Give Me This Water” (Sermon for Sunday, March 23, 2014 || Lent 3A || John 4:5-42)

Shattered Certainty” (Sermon for Sunday, March 16, 2014 || Lent 2A || John 3:1-17)

Industry Standard Temptation” (Sermon for Sunday, March 9, 2014 || Lent 1A || Matthew 4:1-11)

Wonder, Joy, and Fear” (Sermon for Sunday, March 2, 2014 || Last Epiphany A || Matthew 17:1-9)

True Purpose” (Sermon for Sunday, February 23, 2014 || Epiphany 7A || Matthew 5:38-48)

What Kind of Life?” (Sermon for Sunday, February 16, 2014 || Epiphany 6A || Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Matthew 5:21-37)

God’s Glass” (Sermon for Sunday, February 9, 2014 || Epiphany 5A || Isaiah 58:1-9a, Matthew 5:13-20)

Cue the Sun” (Sermon for Sunday, February 2, 2014 || The Presentation || Luke 2:22-40)

Baptism 101” (Sermon for Sunday, January 12, 2014 || Epiphany 1A || Matthew 3:13-17)

2013

The Midnight Letter” (Sermon for Sunday, December 22, 2013 || Advent 4A || Matthew 1:18-25)

Turn Around” (Sermon for Sunday, December 8, 2013 || Advent 2A || Matthew 3:1-12)

Three Words” (Sermon for Sunday, November 24, 2013 || Christ the King Year C || Luke 23:33-46)

God’s Point of View” (Sermon for Sunday, November 10, 2013 || Proper 27C || Luke 20:27-38)

Our Response” (Sermon for Sunday, October 20, 2013 || Proper 24C || Luke 18:1-8 )

The Gospel’s Only Thanks-Giver (Besides Jesus)” (Sunday, October 13, 2013 || Proper 23C || Luke 17:11-19)

Confronting Need” (Sunday, September 29, 2013 || Proper 21C || Luke 16:19-31; 1 Timothy 6:6-19)

Being Found” (Sunday, September 15, 2013 || Proper 19C || Luke 15:1-10 )

Yesterday, Today, and Forever” (Sunday, September 1, 2013 || Proper 17C || Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16)

The Peace We Promise” (Sunday, August 18, 2013 || Proper 15C || Luke 12:49-56)

Aim at Heaven” (Sunday, August 11, 2013 || Proper 14C || Luke 12:32-40)

Sermon Reconstruction: Abundance and Generosity” (Sunday, August 4, 2013 || Proper 13C || Luke 12:13-21)

Epic Quest” (Sunday, July 7, 2013 || Proper 9C || 2 Kings 5:1-14)

The True Self” (Sunday, June 23, 2013 || Proper 7C || Luke 8:26-39)

Faith-ing” (Sunday, June 2, 2013 || Proper 4C || Luke 7:1-10)

The Spirit Moves” (Sunday, May 19, 2013 || Pentecost C || John 14:8-17, 25-27)

The Call and the Gift” (Sunday, May 5, 2013 || Easter 6C || John 5:1-9)

Do You Love Me?” (Sunday, April 14, 2013 || Easter 3C || John 21:1-19)

The Living Among the Dead” (Saturday, March 30, 2013 || Easter Vigil, Year B || Luke 24:1-12)

Racing to Meet Us” (Sunday, March 10, 2013 || Lent 4C || Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32)

With My Arms Spread Wide” (Sunday, February 24, 2013 || Lent 2C || Luke 13:31-35)

Trouble in River City” (Sunday, January 27, 2013 || Epiphany 3C || 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a)

You are my Beloved” (Sunday, January 13, 2013 || Epiphany 1C || Luke 3:15-17, 21-22)

SIGHThorizontalline

2012

Magnify the Lord” (Sunday, December 23, 2012 || Advent 4C || Luke 1:39-55)

A Most Ingenious Paradox” (Sunday, December 2, 2012 || Advent 1C || Jeremiah 33:14-16)

The Enduring Miracle” (Sunday, November 11 || Proper 27B || 1 Kings 17:8-16)

On the Road” (Sunday, October 28, 2012 || Proper 25B || Mark 10:46-52)

The Overstuffed Life” (Sunday, October 14, 2012 || Proper 23B || Mark 10:17-31)

Letting Go of the Grail” (Sunday, September 30, 2012 || Proper 21B || Mark 9: 38-50 )

The Spotlight” (Sunday, September 16, 2012 || Proper 19B || Mark 8:27-38)

First Fruits” (Sunday, September 2, 2012 || Proper 17B || James 1:17-27)

Fully Alive” (Sunday, August 19, 2012 || Proper 15B || John 6:51-58 )

Christ be with Me, Christ Within Me” (Sunday, August 12, 2012 || Proper 14B || John 6:35, 41-51)

Antagonists” (Sunday, July 15, 2012 || Proper 10B || Mark 6:14-29)

The Seeds of the Kingdom” (Sunday, June 17, 2012 || Proper 6B || Mark 4:26-34)

Guitar Lessons” (Sunday, June 3, 2012 || Trinity Sunday B || John 3:1-17)

But Now I See” (Sunday, May 13, 2012 || Easter 6B || Acts 10:44-48 )

Four Layers of Peace” (Sunday, April 15, 2012 || Easter 2B || John 20:19-31)

Four Names” (Saturday, April 7, 2012 || Easter Vigil || John 20:1-18 )

The Unfair Fight” (Sunday, April 1, 2012 || Palm Sunday B || Mark 11:1-11; Philippians 2:5-11)

Choosing the Light” (Sunday, March 18, 2012 || Lent 4B || John 3:14-21)

High Noon” (Sunday, March 4, 2012 || Lent 2B || Mark 8:31-38 )

Three Panels of the Story” (Sunday, February 26, 2012 || Lent 1B || Mark 1:9-16)

Be Silent and Come out of Him” (Sunday, January 29, 2012 || Epiphany 4B || Mark 1:21-28 )

A Deep Breath” (Sunday, January 15, 2012 || Epiphany 2B || 1 Samuel 1:1-20 )

The Heart’s Square Footage” (Sunday, January 1, 2012 || Feast of the Holy Name || Luke 2:15-21; Philippians 2:5-11)

SIGHThorizontalline

2011

The Beginning of the Beginning” (Sunday, December 4, 2011 || Advent 2B || Mark 1:1-8 )

Make Your Face Shine” (Sunday, November 27, 2011 || Advent 1B || Mark 13:24-37; Psalm 80 )

First Words” (Sunday, October 16, 2011 || Proper 24A || 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 )

Christ’s Own” (Sunday, October 2, 2011 || Proper 22A || Philippians 3:4b-14)

In My Name” (September 4, 2011 || Pentecost 18A || Matthew 18:15-20 )

The Dragon’s Skin” (August 28, 2011 || Pentecost 17A || Exodus 3:1-15)

The Autonomic Spiritual System” (July 17, 2011 || Pentecost 11A || Genesis 28:10-19a; Psalm 139:1-11, 22-23)

To an Unknown God” (May 29, 2011 || Easter 6A || Acts 17:22-31)

The Sheepfold” (May 15, 2011 || Easter 4A || John 10:1-10)

Breathing on Statues” (May 1, 2011 || Easter 2A || John 20:19-31)

These Things Last” (April 17, 2011 || Palm Sunday Year A || Psalm 118; Matthew 21:1-11)

Attempted Temptation” (March 13, 2011 || Lent 1A || Matthew 4:1-11)

Never Wear Your Collar on an Airplane” (February 27, 2011 || Epiphany 8, Year A || Matthew 6:24-34)

462 Years” (January 30, 2011 || Epiphany 4, Year A || Matthew 5:1-12)

What Are You Looking For?” (January 16, 2011 || Epiphany 2, Year A || John 1:29-42)

SIGHThorizontalline

2010

The Expendable Crewman” (December 26, 2010 || Feast of St. Stephen || Acts 6:8–7:2a, 51c-60)

Names” (December 19, 2010 || Advent 4, Year A || Matthew 1:18-25)

Shaking off the Dust” (November 21, 2010 || Christ the King, Year C, RCL || Colossians 1:11-20)

Esperanza” (October 17, 2010 || Proper 24, Year C, RCL || Luke 18:1-8)

Vision and Action” (October 3, 2010 || Proper 22, Year C, RCL || Luke 17:5-10)

The Sweepings of the Wheat” (September 19, 2010 ||Proper 20, Year C, RCL || Amos 8:4-7)

Happy Dancing Ewoks” (September 5, 2010 || Proper 18, Year C, RCL || Luke 14:25-33)

Inadequacy” (Sunday, August 22, 2010 || Proper 16, Year C, RCL || Jeremiah 1:4-10)

“Facing Fear” (Sunday, August 8, 2010 || Proper 14, Year C, RCL || Luke 12:32-40)

Sermon Reconstruction: Luke’s Lord’s Prayer” (Sunday July 25, 2010 || Proper 12, Year C, RCL || Luke 11:1-13)

Sermon Reconstruction: Pocketing the Sunglasses” (Sunday, July 18, 2010 || Proper 11, Year C, RCL || Luke 10:38-42)

Do You See this Woman?” (Sunday, June 13, 2010 || Proper 6, Year C, RCL || Luke 7:36—8:3)

It’s Love, in Point of Fact” (Sunday, May 30, 2010 || Trinity Sunday, Year C, RCL || Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15)

The Last Prayer in the Bible” (Sunday, May 16, 2010 || Easter 7, Year C, RCL || Revelation 22:20)

Revelation (The Good Parts Version)” (Sunday, May 9, 2010 || Easter 6, Year C, RCL || Revelation 21:10, 22—22:5)

Hear my voice” (Sunday, April 25, 2010 || Easter 4, Year C, RCL || John 10:22-30)

Faithful Thomas” (Sunday, April 11, 2010 || Easter 2, Year C, RCL || John 20:19-31)

Stone Symphonies” (Sunday, March 28, 2010 || Palm Sunday, Year C, RCL || Luke 19:28-40)

Broken” (Sunday, March 14, 2010 || Lent 4, Year C, RCL || 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32)

The Word Happens” (February 28, 2010 || Lent 2, Year C, RCL || Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 )

Letting down the nets” (February 7, 2010 || Epiphany 5, Year C, RCL || Luke 5:1-11)

The garden and the wasteland” (January 3, 2010 || Christmas 2, RCL || Luke 2:41-52)

SIGHThorizontalline

2009

Make believe” (November 15, 2009 || Proper 28, Year B, RCL || 1 Samuel 1:4-20; Hebrews 10:11-25)

From arrogance to obedience” (October 18, 2009 || Proper 24, Year B, RCL || Mark 10:35-45)

The circle and the line” (September 20, 2009 || Proper 20, Year B, RCL || Mark 9:30-37)

Something stronger” (June 28, 2009 || Proper 8, Year B, RCL || Mark 5:21-43)

Everyone’s heart” (May 24, 2009 || Easter 7, Year B, RCL || Acts 1:15-17, 21-26)

The new version of me” (April 10, 2009 || Good Friday || John 19:31-42)

Aaron’s story” (April 5, 2009 || Palm Sunday, Year B, RCL || Mark 11:1-11)

The Sweet Six Billion” (March 22, 2009 || Lent 4, Year B, RCL || John 3:14-21)

Horizons” (February 22, 2009 || Last Epiphany, Year B, RCL || Mark 9:2-9)

The trapdoor in my gut” (February 8, 2009 || Epiphany 5, Year B, RCL || Isaiah 40:21-31)

Nets and new creations” (January 25, 2009 || Epiphany 3, Year B, RCL || Mark 1:14-20)

Run home, Jack” (January 4, 2009 || Christmas 2, RCL)

SIGHThorizontalline

2008

The bedtime story” (December 24, 2008 || Christmas Eve, RCL || Luke 2:1-20)

Of sandwiches and second comings” (November 30, 2008 || Advent 1, Year B, RCL)

“Rambling in the presence of God” (October 19, 2008 || Proper 24, Year A, RCL || Exodus 33:12-23)

“Emptying” (September 28, 2008 || Proper 21, Year A, RCL || Philippians 2:1-13)

“To be that follower” (August 31, 2008 ) || Proper 17, Year A, RCL || Matthew 16:21-28 )

“A living sacrifice” (August 24, 2008 || Proper 16, Year A, RCL || Romans 12:1-8 )

Sally has six tangerines” (August 3, 2008 || Proper 13, Year A, RCL || Matthew 14:13-21)

Laugh tracking” (June 15, 2008 || Proper 6, Year A, RCL || Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7)

3 thoughts on “Sermons

  1. Hi Adam+

    Enjoyed your dissertation on “pericope” very much. Hope all is well with you (ankle recovered?). Like your sermons very much. Hope you had a good 4th of July.

    I will be visiting Virginia September 16 & 17. It will not seem the same without the Class of 2008, but there are a lot of new SIM scholarship students this year so it will take two days to interview them all.

    Cheers

    Jerry+

  2. Interesting analoby between the sermon and the preaching, but it’ s true. You certainly can’t judge a written sermon by those words alone. The preaching can take on a whole new life, can’t it?
    Thanks,
    Mark

  3. hi, again, adam – i recall one time since i go to 0800 service when my priest asked my opinion – something to do with china. i told him i was surprised he left something out; he agreed and amended his preaching in the next service. i like seeing written sermons but always understand the real connection is missing.

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