Monthly Archives: October 2012

SR: Is it all about Bartimeaus?

Sermon Review

Link: Proper 25, Year B

Summary of what I was saying and why:
What if it’s not (just) about Bartimeaus? The healing aspect of Bartimeaus’ Gospel appearance can be too exclusive for some (if not many) of us. Fortunately, he and Jesus weren’t the only people on the road that day.

Theology: Jesus and transformation
Jesus Count: Good
Good News: Jesus delights in transforming Bartimeaus and us.
What did I change on my feet?
Mostly I cut things out. Didn’t miss them.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I’m not sure about the introduction still. I don’t know what would’ve worked, but I’m not sold on what I used.

What did work?
I liked approaching the story through the crowd.

Other sermons I liked:
Bartimeaus was popular this week.
The Rev Young
Bartimeaus and the Prodigal Son

The Rev Jones poses the question of whether healing is what Bartimeaus first asks for.

The Rev Condon
“There’s an element of engaging our faith in a way in which we accept what we pray for.”

And for a sermon on the Gospel, but not Bartimeaus:
The Rev Castellan
Wherein popular culture combines with a unique insight into faith and the Gospel.

(Don’t see your sermon or a sermon you liked? Maybe I don’t know about it. Leave me a comment with a link and I’ll take a look.)

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Proper 25, 2012

The lessons for Sunday can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Mark 10:46-52.

We know this story, it’s about Bartimeaus and Jesus. Right?

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon starts. Thank you for your patience.)

Listen: Proper 25, 2012

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SR: What does success look like?

Sermon Review

Link:
Proper 24, Year B

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Christians are measured by our faithfulness.
I really wanted to address God’s speech from the whirlwind in Job and Jesus’s response to the sons of Zebedee. The challenge became finding good news in the midst of two versions of “There are things you don’t understand much less control.”

Theology: commitment
Jesus Count: moderate
Good News: We are called to be faithful. That is the measure of success.

What did I change on my feet?
I had written a slightly different sermon and Saturday evening I had an impulse to change how the sermon was formatted. So I wasn’t changing information but I was restructuring the entire thing.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I think I might have had a better conclusion if I’d done the restructuring earlier. Oh well.

What did work?
I liked the ‘new’ format. It was much better than what I’d written.

Other sermons I liked:
The Rev Pankey
A completely different take on Jesus, James, and John

The Rev Collins
Mark takes the Gospel and sets it firmly within the lives and deaths of his parish.

The Rev Richardson
A slightly different approach to the question of success

The Rev Funston
A sermon on Job, with a call for a new imagination

The Rev Jones
Walton’s sermon is one that I look forward to every week.

(Don’t see your sermon or a sermon you liked? Maybe I don’t know about it. Leave me a comment with a link and I’ll take a look.)

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Proper 24, 2012

The lessons for Sunday can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Job 38:1-7, 34-41 and Mark 10:35-45.

Job, James, and John are all wrestling with the question, “What does success look like?” And God speaks.

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon begins. Thank you for your patience.)

Listen: Proper 24, 2012

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Sermon Round Up

Sermon Round Up

Last weekend was Diocesan Convention so I was away from my Church. Thus no sermon. I was privileged to hear my colleagues and Bishop preach. However, I like my growing habit of finding three or four sermons I really enjoyed each week. So here’s are a few of them.

First, Pastor Anderson’s from a week ago on Jesus and Divorce. It escaped a link then, but here you go.

If you aren’t somewhat immeshed in the corporate life if TEC, and even if you are, you may not know that The Rev Terry Parsons died recently. Among the many ways in which she served our Church, and certainly less notably, Terry was my stewardship professor in Seminary. I knew her as a wise, compassionate, and humor filled person. Her last sermon can be found here. It is worth reading. And I will confess to hearing it as the second sound track on Sunday.

The Rev Sherer’s sermon looks at Amos, one of my favorite books.

The Rev Richardson’s
Titled “We don’t consume salvation” which I love, he preached as a close reading of the text, which I also love.

What did I miss? Who else is out there sharing sermons.

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Family Reunion (aka Diocesan Convention)

This weekend is Diocesan Convention for Episcopalians in Montana. I should confess that I love Diocesan Convention.
As we Episcopalians are wont to do, we quibble over what should or shouldn’t happen, what’s appropriate or unnecessary at a Diocesan Convention. And whatever my opinion may be, I will love Convention.

This is my family. The one not related by blood and that I didn’t entirely pick.
These are the people who have loved me from the time I was fifteen.
These are the people who taught me what it meant to be Christians, to be Christ’s body, the Church.
These are the people who gave me a voice before I understood that I had one.
These are the people who gave me shelter in the middle of family upheaval.
These are the people who showed me the best of organized religion.
These are the people who showed me the worst of organized religion.
This is my family.

This weekend is Diocesan Convention. And I’m thrilled. Not because I’ll work from Friday to Sunday; not because of the necessary business we’ll conduct; not because of the parties and friends I’ll get to make and reconnect with.

I’m thrilled because this is my family. This group of people, changing and transitory as it is, have been essential to my life. They have encouraged me to love; taught me to persevere; encouraged me in my life; supported me in my priesthood.

Together we have struggled; we have survived; we have worshipped; we have mourned; we have celebrated. Together we are family.
Thank be to God!

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SR: Jesus, divorce, and theology

Sermon Review
Link:
Proper 22 YrB 10-7-12

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Jesus is talking about divorce. But not divorce and marriage in the Biblical sense, about God and people.

Theology: marriage theology, in the best sense of the term
Jesus Count: moderate
Good News: God will not divorce us.

What did I change on my feet?
Not much.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I feel like it would have been stronger if I’d structured it differently. I can think of a couple different ways of doing that and I’m not sure which I would do if I were to preach this again.

What did work?
The theological basis is solid. I loved the line about Jesus being my favorite theologian.

Other sermons I liked:
Sermons on the Mark ‘divorce text’
The Rev Pankey
Turns directly into the challenge of the Jesus speaking about divorce with pastoral sensitivity.

Deacon Pam
A great deaconal sermon! (Go read it if you don’t understand what a deaconal sermon could be.)

Sermons not on divorce:
The Rev Collins
It’s short, on point, and perfect for a Church filled with pets.

Bishop Doyle
On the ordination of Bishop Fisher.
I loved the stories and humor and all of it pointing to Jesus.
Best quotes: “The Church today needs Bishops who are filled with the Holy Spirit.” and “Your wife is the biggest dispenser of God’s grace in your life.” (Especially in light of Sunday’s texts.)

(Don’t see your sermon or a sermon you liked? Maybe I don’t know about it. Leave me a comment with a link and I’ll take a look.)

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Proper 22, 2012

The lessons for Sunday can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with Mark 10:2-16.

Jesus on divorce; Jesus the theologian.

(There will be a few moments of silence before the sermon begins. Thank you for your patience.)

Listen: Proper 22, 2012

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SR: Lady Gaga, accountability, and the Gospel

Sermon Review
Link:
Proper 21, 9-30-12

Summary of what I was saying and why:
There’s a difference between policing others behavior (judgment) and helping others be accountable.

Theology: Christian community
Jesus Count: moderate
Good News: we are called to accountability.
What did I change on my feet?
Aside from the fact that the sermon I went to bed planning on was not the sermon I woke up to–not much.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I think I might have had a smoother way of transitioning to the Gospel.

What did work?
I thought the Lady Gaga tie in worked. And it made me happy.

Other sermons I liked:
The Rev Robertson
Esther was the text I almost preached on.

The Rev Sherer
“All Christians are meant to be prophets.”

The Rev Sinclair
“When we gather here…it is not just for our own benefit.” I listened to this sermon and thought that it was complementary to mine.

The Rev Richardson
Jesus is not about neat and tidy packages.

(Don’t see your sermon or a sermon you liked? Maybe I don’t know about it. Leave me a comment with a link and I’ll take a look.)

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