Posts Tagged With: John

Messy Transfiguration, February 2016

Robyns SermonsMorsels & Stories: I read from “Does God Have a Big Toe?”

Sermons: Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up the mountain for the Transfiguration.  Nothing was by accident.


The lessons can be found by clicking here.  I worked mostly closely with Luke 9:28–36, (37–43).


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SR Gospel Alchemy, Christmas 2, 2014

Link: Gospel Alchemy, Christmas 2, 2014

Summary of what I was saying and why:
I love John’s prologue. My parish has a gifted artist who has been creating an Advent piece from this imagery. (I’ll add a picture tomorrow) So I spent a lot of Advent thinking about the radical truth expressed in this passage.

Theology: Christology
Jesus Count: medium
Good News: Jesus became like us so that we would know a God like us.

What did I change on my feet?
Not on my feet, but the conclusion really only came together that morning.
What didn’t work/what did I miss?
I never did sort out a way to preach the passage and the two pieces of artwork. It would be interesting.
What did work?
The alchemy of word into flesh.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Linman has the invitation of camels: “I have good news for you that I would like to share so that you can become better and richer.”

Priest Giroux remembers wise men following stars.

Priest Robertson preaches on light in darkness.

(Here’s the list of people I usually listen to. Am I missing someone?)
The Anglican Church of Canada uses the Roman Ordinary Time numbering system instead of numbering the Propers. Because all of this is new to me, I’m now indicating both numbering systems.

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Gospel Alchemy, Sermon Christmas 2, 5 Jan 2014

Word does not become flesh.Robyns Sermons


The lessons are Jeremiah 31:7–14; Psalm 147:13–21; Ephesians 1:3–14; John 1:(1–9), 10–18.  I worked most closely with John 1:1-18.

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Wellness and Fear, Sermon for Easter 6, 2013 (audio)

The lessons can be found by clicking here. I worked most closely with John 5:1-9.

Jesus said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” And we touch on Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, the TV show House, and fear.

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SR Broken, Loving Hearts Easter 5, 2013

Link: You can listen to what I said here: Broken, Loving Hearts, Easter 5, 2013

Summary of what I was saying and why:
Love has consequences. Jesus instructs us to love one another and then gets crucified. We love and often get hurt. Love, though, can often be not only transformational but resurrectional.

Theology: Salvation
Jesus Count: moderate
Good News: love can be resurrectional

What did I change on my feet?
The conclusion. Which is, if you haven’t noticed, what most frequently gets changed. I should talk about why that is at some other point in time.

What didn’t work/what did I miss?
My preaching these last few weeks/months has been strongly informed by the upcoming closing of the church. This sermon, while worth preaching in other places, might need to be preached with different nuance then and there.

What did work?
I liked sort of steering a course into the hard and broken parts of love. Which can be the strong places of love.

Other sermons I liked:

Priest Lightcap reminds us how Jesus’s love turns the world upside down.

Priest Giroux preaches on funerals, weddings, and the centrality love.
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