Sermon – July 22, 2018 – Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

            It has been quite the summer. I’ve just returned from West Virginia with our middle school students, marking the end to the third and final trip with our middle and high school students this summer. I’ve done some calculations and, in the past month, I have spent close to 50 hours on the … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 17, 2018 – 4th Sunday after Pentecost

         The kingdom of God is like…..? What? Imagine for a moment. How would you finish that sentence: The kingdom of God is like ______? What comes to mind? Hold onto that image.             The ministry of Jesus that we witness in our gospels sets the kingdom of God into motion. Unfortunately … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 3, 2018 – Second Sunday after Pentecost

         Jesus heals on the sabbath. This is a fairly well known story— or at least the idea of Jesus’ healing upsetting the religious people of his time. Usually the narrative goes something like this: “Those horrible Pharisees only care about following rules. Jesus doesn’t care about following the … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 20, 2018 – Pentecost and Confirmation Sunday

            This is my third year here at St. Matt’s and this is the third time I’ve preached on Confirmation Sunday. Every year, I’ve started my sermon nearly the exact same way and today is nothing different. See, I love Confirmation but it’s a day in the church that is often misunderstood. So, … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 15, 2018 – Third Sunday of Easter

In our gospel story for today, the author of Luke gives their account of Jesus’ resurrection appearance. It is similar to the one we heard last week from John— Jesus comes amongst his disciples and offers them peace, he commissions his disciples to go out into the world and carry on his ministry, … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 8, 2018 – Second Sunday of Easter

Our gospel story for today takes place on Easter night. Just a few days earlier, the disciples witnessed their friend and teacher hung on a cross. They witnessed their imagined lives come to an end, they saw their future disappear. They felt failure and grief mixed together. Just a few hours … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 11, 2018 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

Our gospel reading for today contains what is probably the most well known verse in all of scripture: “For God so loved the world that God gave their only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.” John 3:16 is everywhere. It is on billboards, bumper … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 25, 2018 – Second Sunday in Lent

Our gospel story for today is a turning point in the Gospel of Mark. For the first time, Jesus clearly and plainly explains what is to come of his life. Jesus will undergo suffering, he will be rejected. He will be killed. He will rise again. Jesus is not speaking in metaphor or parable. This isn’t … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 4, 2018 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Mark 1:29-39 Jesus’ healing stories are among some of my favorite in our entire body of scripture. I find great hope when I read them. Jesus shows up. Jesus seeks out. In these stories Jesus rarely holds back, healing those in need almost instantaneously. And in response to being healed, those … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 14, 2018 – Second Sunday after Epiphany

Jesus changes us. Being a follower of Jesus means that we see the ourselves and the world differently. Being a follower of Jesus means that we don’t just sit idly by but that we are active participants in our world—teaching what Jesus taught, caring about what Jesus cared about. Being a disciple of … [Read more...]