Sermon for Proper 21, Year A October 1, 2017

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32             Psalm 25:1-8                Philippians 2:1-13                            Matthew 21:23-32 When I first went to seminary the Gideon’s Bible contained what I considered important in the Bible.  The Gideon’s Bible …

Homily for Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Homily for Wednesday, September 20, 2017 I think the context of today’s gospel is helpful for our understanding.  Without context, it sounds like an older generation criticizing the younger generation, …

Sermon for Proper 20, Year A, September 24, 2017

Jonah 3:10-4:11                 Psalm 145:1-8                    Philippians 1:21-30                           Matthew 20:1-16 In both our reading from Jonah and today’s gospel parable the feeling express is one that we often hear in our society …

Homily for Proper 19, Year A, September 17, 2017

Genesis 50:15-21                    Psalm 103:8-13                           Romans 14:1-12                  Matthew 18:21-35 Today’s reading from Matthew starts out fine – then it takes a turn that seems to contradict the opening.  Jesus …

Homily for August 30, 2017

“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”  Jesus accuses the scribes and Pharisees of seeking to appear righteous while neglecting their spirit.  He compares them to a whitewashed tomb.  No …

Homily for Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Deuteronomy 34:1-12                                       Psalm 66: 1-8                                                  Matthew 18:15-20 When I studied Family Systems Theory I learned about healthy and unhealthy forms of communication.  Kids naturally try to divert responsibility for …

Sermon for Proper 16, Year A, August 27, 2017

Isaiah 51:1-6                            Psalm 138                                       Romans 12:1-8                            Matthew 16:13-20 When I was in grade school my father took a trip to the Holy Lands.  After I was older, my …

Sermon for Proper 18, Year A, September 10, 2017

Ezekiel 33:7-11                   Psalm 119:33-40                                Romans 13:8-14                Matthew 18:15-20 A couple of weeks ago I was looking for something in the office and found a box of the St. Paul’s Pewter …