Category Archives: Sermon

Celebrating Grace – Excerpt from Ten Year Ordination Anniversary Sermon

I can identify with Paul’s anger. In his letter to the Galatians, Paul was angry at anything – or anyone – that contradicted or got in the way of the message of Grace he was called to preach. Paul had … Continue reading

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“Look! Here Is Water” – A Sermon about God’s Inclusivity with a Surprise Ending

The pivotal moment in today’s Scripture story is when the Ethiopian Official says to Philip, “Look! Here is water! What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” That’s why Philip was there in the first place. But he … Continue reading

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“Family Dinner” – A Sermon for Maundy Thursday

Luke 22:1-27 There is something powerful about sharing a meal. According to surveys, more families are eating together. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse conducted a survey and found that almost 60% of families with children under 18 … Continue reading

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On the Pre-Inauguration Sermon

I just read the sermon preached at the new president’s church service this morning. Its hagiography left me confused as to who was being worshiped (“You ended up garnering the most votes of any Republican in history.”/ “I don’t believe … Continue reading

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“What Do You Preach about at a Same-Gender Wedding?”

This past Saturday on a bright beautiful blue-sky fall afternoon next to the glistening Chesapeake Bay, I had the privilege of presiding at a same-gender wedding for the third time.  I hope someday to lose count.  I hope, as someone … Continue reading

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“The Force Awakens” – A Christmas (Eve) Sermon

(You can listen to a podcast of this message here.  The telling of the Christmas Gospel on which it is based, Luke 2:1-20, can be heard here.) If the Star Wars universe was Lutheran, every time someone said, “May the … Continue reading

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HATE WON’T WIN – A Sermon After Charleston (Psalm 27:1-6)

Reverend Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. 45 years old Depayne Middleton Doctor. 49 years old. Cynthia Hurd. She would have been 55 years old today. Susie Jackson. 87 years old. Ethel Lance. 70 years old. Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney. 41 years old. Tywanza … Continue reading

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