Sermon for Trinity Sunday 2021

May 30, 2021 (Liturgical Year B) The Song of Three Young Men v 29-34; John 3:1-1 How would you describe yourself? You might start with visible aspects. The color of your hair. Your height. Whether or not you wear glasses. Your family relationships. You might then move on to less obvious things. Your interests, likes […]

Sermon for Easter 4

April 25, 2021 (Liturgical Year B) The passage read in the lectionary today was Acts 4:5-12. If you want a fuller context, I recommend you read Acts 3:1-4:22. Today’s gospel passage was John 10:11-18. Over the course of our lives, we each encounter times when we must decide what it means to “do the right […]

Sermon for Easter 3

April 18, 2021 (Liturgical Year B) Luke 24:36-48 Do you think this holds true today? Is Jesus still full of surprises? And if he is, are we even attentive enough to notice? Today’s Gospel immediately follows the events on the road to Emmaus. Do you remember that story? It is the same day the women discovered […]

Sermon for Maundy Thursday

April 1, 2021 (Liturgical Year B) John 13:1-17, 31b-35 Like each of us every day, Jesus had choices to make. The evening we remember in today’s Gospel is no different. Jesus could have chosen to be any number of places, to be doing any number of things. As a man of growing influence who was […]

Sermon for Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 28, 2021 (Liturgical Year B) Mark 15:1-39 This Holy Week, let us walk with Jesus the full length of His journey. Let us not walk around the pain, but through it. In today’s gospel, the ever-escalating conflict set forth in Mark reaches its apparent climax. It would be easy to skip over the […]

Sermon for Lent 5

March 21, 2021 (Liturgical Year B) John 12:20-33 Knowing…the giving up of immediate comforts…goes against our very nature, what are we to do? How are we to respond to Jesus’ call? Today’s conversations with Jesus take place in the bustling streets of Jerusalem. It was even busier than usual due to the festival. His return […]

Sermon for Lent 1

February 21, 2021 (Liturgical Year B) Genesis 9:8-17; Mark 1:9-15   Shortly after making the decision to attend Virginia Theological Seminary, I began to plan The Big Move from South Dakota to the Metro DC area. Though I love Sioux Falls and many people there, I looked forward to discovering the wider world. I decided […]

Sermon for Epiphany 4

January 31, 2021 (Liturgical Year B) 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 In today’s epistle, Paul calls out members of the Corinthian church for bad behavior and attitudes. He talks a lot about knowledge and the kinds of food they chose to eat. Knowledge and eating aren’t bad things in themselves — or are they? Why does Paul […]

Sermon for Epiphany 3

January 24, 2021 (Liturgical Year B) Mark 1:14-20 and 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 In today’s passage from Mark, Jesus calls the first apostles to an unimaginably radical change. Jesus, who was in the early days of His public ministry, comes across two sets of brothers working with their families on the Sea of Galilee. Had the […]

Sermon for Advent 4

December 20, 2020 (Year B) Luke 1:46-55 (the Magnificat) and Luke 1:26-38 She “never wore fine clothes…never entered a palace…and never travelled farther from Palestine than Egypt.” She lived in a backwater so small no contemporary historian bothered to mention it. She was “an obscure peasant girl [who] reared her son in obscurity.” (1) And […]