Palm Sunday

Entering into Holy Week means entering into the passion of Christ. It means journeying alongside him. We watch as first the public turn against him, then as Judas betrays him. Then sit vigil with the disciples who cannot keep awake. We hear Peter’s promise to never betray him. Then his disciples scatter; Peter follows but sure enough denies Christ three times. The authorities condemn him, then the Roman authorities crucify him. Continue reading Palm Sunday

On Christian Vocation

Note: This sermon was given at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Murray, Kentucky and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Anchorage, KY on January 17, 2021 on the second Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B. The recording at the bottom of this post is the version for St. John’s.Readings: 1 Samuel 3:1-10(11-20) 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 John 1:43-51 Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17 Now the LORD came and stood … Continue reading On Christian Vocation

Sermon for Proper 23, Year A

Note: This sermon was given for St. John’s Episcopal Church, Murray KY on October 11, 2020.Readings: Matthew 22:1-14 Where is the good news in today’s parable? It seems like Jesus has really handed us a doozie. First, the king in this parable invites all to a feast; a number of his friends say “no thank you.” At the king’s repeated insistence, some turn to the … Continue reading Sermon for Proper 23, Year A

Forgiveness

Our world is not structured for forgiveness. It is structured for rivalry, self-interest, revenge. Offering forgiveness is costly; it can, and it will cost us. Yet, Christ compels us to forgive: not seven times, but seventy times. For if we were not forgiven, over and over and over again for each time we fell short, we would be one of the lost sheep. Continue reading Forgiveness

Who do you say that I am?

Note: A version of this sermon was written and given for both St. John’s Episcopal Church in Murray, KY and St. James Pewee Valley, KY. Readings: Exodus 1:8-2:10 Psalm 124 Romans 12:1-8 Matthew 16:13-20 In the name of one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen  The gospel passage from Matthew this morning is rich with imagery and significant: it a highlight of Peter’s life, … Continue reading Who do you say that I am?