Sermon Archive

“For the Sake of the Crowd Standing Here”

Date: November 1, 2015

Bible Text: John 11:32–44 |

I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.”              —John 11:42 Our lectionary today takes us to John’s gospel as we recognize All Saints Day.

A Curious Bias Against What Is at Hand

Date: October 25, 2015

Bible Text: Mark 6:1–6 |

On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. —Mark 6:2 “The name of the town is Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, just across the Massachusetts line: latitude 42 degrees, 40 minutes; longitude 70 degrees, 37 minutes…Population 2,642…” “We’re lower middle

Our Life’s Wild Restless Sea

Date: October 18, 2015

Bible Text: Mark 4:35–41 |

And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” —Mark 4:41 So Jesus decides to preach a sermon from the water’s edge on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, but

The Cloister Walk, XII: Shadwell

Date: October 11, 2015

Bible Text: Deuteronomy 6:4–15; John 8:32 |

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. —John 8:32 I don’t remember ever encountering the name ‘Shadwell’ till I saw it in our Cloister Walk. I had to look it up. Did you have to look it up? You

Taste and See

Date: October 4, 2015

Bible Text: Exodus 17; John 4 |

If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you. ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water. —John 4:10   Today we move from font to

All of Me, All of Us

Date: September 27, 2015

Bible Text: John 21:1–6 |

he also saw a poor widow put in tow small copper coins —Luke 21:2 This little vignette from the life of Jesus occurs rather late in Luke’s little Jesus-biography. This probably happened on the Tuesday of what would later become Holy

The Cloister Walk, XI: Plymouth

Date: September 20, 2015

Bible Text: Deuteronomy 26:5–9; Hebrews 11:1–16 |

Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. —Hebrews 11:12   Let’s start this sermon with a quiz. What do

The Cloister Walk, X: Leyden

Date: September 13, 2015

Bible Text: Ephesians 2:11–22 |

 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.  So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,