Category Archives: Sermon

“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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Dave’s Letter to the Church at Millersville (The Power of the Gospel)

I wrote Sunday’s sermon in the form of a letter to my congregation based on the beginning of Paul’s letter to the church at Rome (Romans 1:1-17). The letter was read aloud by the lay worship assistant, interspersed with commentary by me. Here is … Continue reading

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Better Than an Arc Reactor – A Superhero Pentecost Sermon

(You can hear this sermon here. It’s based on Acts 2:1-21.) Late this week I read an excellent blog post by Pastor Ed Strietelmeier about Superheroes and Pentecost. I was going to preach about something else on this Pentecost Sunday, … Continue reading

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“The Jesus Parade” – a Sermon for Palm Sunday

John 12:12-27 Have you ever been to a Christmas parade? I remember going when my sister and I were little kids. We would get there early to get a spot where we could sit on the curb with mom and dad … Continue reading

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“Ashes to Ashes” – An Ash Wednesday Homily

Sometimes I’m surprised anyone shows up for Ash Wednesday worship. I mean, think of the primary message of this day, what I said to you when you received ashes and what you heard me recite over and over to others: … Continue reading

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