Janitors in the Kingdom, Reign of Christ 2016

Morsels & Stories: I read an excerpt from What’s so Amazing about Grace? by Philip Yancey.

 

Sermon: We celebrate Christ as King when monarchy is really complex biblically and humanly speaking.

 

You can find the lessons for this morning by clicking here.  I preached mostly on the theme of the day.

 

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City of Peace, Nov 2016

%d7%99%d7%a8%d7%95%d7%a9%d7%9c%d7%99%d7%9dMorsels & Stories:  I read a short excerpt from Glennon Doyle Melton’s memoir Love Warrior.  You can find her blog here.

 

Sermon: I join Isaiah in talking about Jerusalem, (ירושלים in Hebrew), the City of Peace.

 

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Isaiah 65: 17-25.

 

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The Widow’s Justice; God’s Justice, October 2016

gods-justiceMorsels & Stories: I read from The Spy on Noah’s Ark.  Deborah’s story can be found in Judges 4 and 5.

 

Sermon: It’s the complex parallel of the Unjust Judge or the Persistent Widow.  We consider some of the levels of meaning in the story and ask about God’s justice.

 

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Luke 18:1-8.

 

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Each other’s toil, Harvest Thanksgiving 2016

each-others-toilMorsels & Stories: I talked about offertory sentences, both the one I use and the one we all remember.

 

Sermon: I brought peanut butter with me to Church today.  I wasn’t the only one.  Why?

 

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Deut. 26:1-11

 

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Hope and Desperation, September 2016

god-promiseshopeMorsels & Stories: I talked about the theology we had sung earlier in the hymn “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus.”  Found in Common Praise as hymn 374, you can find the lyrics here at oremus.org.

 

Sermon: Jeremiah does a big and foolish thing, given his situation.  But should we have any other expectation from God’s prophet?

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Jeremiah 32:1–3a, 6–15.

 

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Holy Cross, 2016

failure-rooted-in-loveSt Peter’s has a mid-week service and have been working toward recording and occasionally posting those sermons.  My mid-week sermons are often shorter and closer to extemporaneous.  This year the Feast of Holy Cross Day fell on a Wednesday.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.

You can watch “The West Wing” scene I mention here.

 

 

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God throws a party, September 2016

partyMorsels & Stories: We spend some time talking about our favourite parts of  Scripture.
Because this was interactive and personal, much of it may not have recorded well.  I’d invite you to ponder the questions yourself in those times.

 

Sermon: It’s all about the party.

 

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Luke 15:1-10.

 

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The Potter’s Flower Miracles, Sept 2016

miracle of a flowerMorsels & Stories: I talked about one interpretation of “the sacrifice of praise” and mention a favourite CS Lewis quote.

Sermon: I tackle Jeremiah in the potter’s house.  What doesn’t it mean? How might we listen better to my favourite grouchy prophet?

(The picture is something I mention in the sermon.)

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Jeremiah 18:1–11.

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Sabbath-ing, August 2016

joyful rather than busyMorsels & Stories: I asked people to reflect on the times in their life when everything was just right, even if it was just half a second.  There will be a bit of silence and some strange background noise as a few people share.  Feel free to take this time to remember similar times in your life.

 

Sermon: Jesus heals on the Sabbath, breaking into a centuries old conversation of how we honour our relationship with God.

 

The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked most closely with Luke 13:10-17.

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Sermon Tapas, July 2016

sermon tapasMorsels & Stories: I read from The Spy on Noah’s Ark.

 

Sermon: Because the end of my week was taken up with taking care of some emergency health issues for my dog (who is definitely on the road back to health now), I never had the time to finish a sermon.  So I talked about 4 different ideas that might have become a full sermon.  A sort of homilectical tapas rather than a single sermon.

 

The lessons for today can be found by clicking here.  I touched on ideas from Hosea 11:1-11 and Luke 12:13-21.

 

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