Recent Sermons

Below are excerpts from some recent sermons.  You can also explore the full list since June 2015.  Some sermons include the podcast at the bottom of the page, with older podcasts from 2013-2015 still available. 

Preaching from St. Stephen’s Pulpit

Trusting God, Returning to God, Living in the Resurrection

April 15, 2018
Luke 24:36-48     Third Sunday of Easter     April 15, 2018   It’s Easter!  Easter Sunday was two weeks ago.  This is the third Sunday in the season of Easter.  And we celebrate the resurrection every Sunday.  So, Easter is something that happened, when Jesus rose from the dead.  For us who follow the risen Christ, Easter is a way of life!  The Easter way of life is for us to live in the resurrection, day-by-day. Here’s something that you might be surprised to hear me say.  To live in the resurrection, it is not important that we…

Deadbolts and Doubts

April 9, 2018
John 20:13-23    Second Sunday of Easter   When it was evening, on that day. You know the day.  It was in the dark of the morning that Mary Magdalene discovered the empty tomb. Jesus stood beside her, unrecognizable, until he called her name.  That evening, the disciples gathered together in a house.  They shut the door, and slid the deadbolt into place until they heard it click, and then locked the doorknob with a key.  Just in case, they slid a dresser in front of the door.  Then they drew the blinds and turned off the TV and the lights. …

The Tomb Is Empty!  The Grave Is Open!  The Resurrection Has Happened – And God Invites Us To Live Into It

April 1, 2018
 Mark 16:1-8     Easter Sunday     April 1, 2018   How about that ending to the gospel of Mark?  Isn’t it shocking?  So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. This original ending of the gospel of Mark is so shocking and even offensive, that there were two attempts made, sometime later on, to tidy things up.  (When you go home and look in your Bible you’ll find those two added endings.  If yours is a Bible that was published by people…

Being Truthful

March 31, 2018
John 18:38     Good Friday     March 30, 2018 Preached at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church             Many of us in this room go to church a lot.  And so, many of us have returned to Holy Week many times.              For many of us, Holy Week is an annual opportunity for personal devotion.  It’s a time of turning inward, of self-searching prayer.  That’s fine, as long as we are also shocked by the news of Jesus’ death and resurrection!  Do you remember how that describes Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, when they find the tomb to…

God’s Gift

March 12, 2018
Ephesians 2:1-10     John 3:14-21 Fourth Sunday in Lent It was right after Jesus had raised a ruckus about unscrupulous people in the temple exchanging money, and selling cattle, sheep, doves, and cats, that a leader of the Jews came to Jesus in the darkness of the evening.  His name was Nicodemus, and he was a Pharisee.  You’ve heard of Nick at night, right?  The Holy Spirit stirred his heart slightly.  Perhaps he even had a mustard seed of faith.  Whatever urged him on, it was enough to make him want to know, even need to know, more about Jesus. …

Drowning Our False Selves — The Selves That Need to Be Commanded!

March 4, 2018
Exodus 20:1-17     Third Sunday in Lent     March 4, 2018   Who are you? Are you your ego-driven false self?  Are you the old person who thinks the world revolves around her?  Are you the old person who is attached to (or even addicted to) safety and security, and averse to risk; or to power and control, and averse to letting go and allowing others to take over; or to the need for esteem and affection?  Are you the old person who is motivated by fear of what others might think if you fall short of the impossible standards…

Picking Up Your Cross

February 26, 2018
  Mark 8:31-38     Lent 2   “Deny yourselves!  Take up your cross!”  we hear Jesus say.  Oh, my.  Maybe someone copied that down wrong?  The problem with that hope is that Matthew, Mark, and Luke all share this story.  “If any want to become my followers,” Jesus tells us, “let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.”  Pick up my cross?  Life is hard enough!  I’d…

Dying — So We Can Live

February 18, 2018
1 Peter 3: (13-17)18-22     First Sunday in Lent     February 18, 2018   What needs to die in you? What in you needs to be drowned each day, so that a new person can come forth daily and rise up to live before God? What attachment – to safety and security, or to power and control, or to the need for esteem and affection – do you need to die to, so the joyous person that God wants you to be can rise up? These are questions for your prayer during your journey through Lent.  I’m talking about Lent…

I Love You. You’re Going to Die.

February 15, 2018
Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21     Ash Wednesday   It’s been 73 years since Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a lot more fun when it falls on Mardi Gras, which is always the day before Ash Wednesday.  But today is Valentine’s Day, and Ash Wednesday. Chocolates and champagne, or ashes on your forehead?  Do you want to hear “I love you,” or hear “you’re going to die.”?  As my husband likes to say, when given a choice, take both.  We might as well, for this is what God gives us this year, “I love you; you’re going to…