Sermon Archive

Ancient Modern Family, IV: Just an Idle Tale

Date: August 23, 2015

Bible Text: Acts 12:1–19 |

While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him. —Acts 12:5 Our sermon series continues of the Ancient Modern Family—discovering and retelling stories from the early church—as told in the Acts of the Apostles. Today’s passage is not in the common lectionary, the

Ancient Modern Family, II: Heroes, Villains and Saviors

Date: August 9, 2015

Bible Text: Acts 6:1–5; 7:51–8:3 |

But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. —Acts 7:55 Children’s stories begin with “once upon a time,” are filled with heroes who overcome the villains, ending with “happily

Ancient Modern Family, I: Me, We and You

Date: August 2, 2015

Bible Text: Acts 1:1–9 |

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning —Acts 1:1 In 1997, some fans pulled all-nighters, crowded under umbrellas or ponchos or got soaked to the bone as they waited to dash for upfront seats when police finally

The Cloister Walk, IX: Scrooby

Date: July 26, 2015

Bible Text: Matthew 5:13–16 |

let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. —Matthew 5:16 In 1958 our Kenilworth Union forebears decided to tell the long story of Judeo-Christian history by mortaring into the arches of our Cloister

The Cloister Walk, VIII: St. Andrews

Date: July 19, 2015

Bible Text: Colossians 1:15–20 |

He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. —Colossians 1:18 St. Andrews, Scotland, is famous for at least two things—its golf course and its university. This year

Square Peg in a Round Hole

Date: July 12, 2015

Bible Text: Ephesians 1:3–14 |

God destined us for adoption as children of God through Jesus Christ. —Ephesians 1:5 Unfortunately, there is not a stone in our cloister walk for the town of Ephesus, where the book of Ephesians was sent, but maybe there should be. The book of Ephesians is one

The Cloister Walk, VII: Eisleben

Date: July 5, 2015

Bible Text: Ephesians 2:1–10 |

But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ —Ephesians 2:4–5 Today, Eisleben is a charming little medieval town of about 25,000 in the

The Cloister Walk, VI: Damascus

Date: June 28, 2015

Bible Text: Acts 9:1–11; 17:22; I Corinthians 15:1–11 |

Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? —Acts 9:4 The Damascus Stone in our Cloister Walk means two things to me: Violence and Grace; Malice, but also a Second Chance. This is a congregation of educated global citizens who read newspapers and books, so I am obliged to

The Cloister Walk, V: Antioch

Date: June 21, 2015

Bible Text: Acts 11:1–26; Galatians 2:11–21 |

Listen to this sermon here. So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called “Christians.” —Acts 11:26 The story these stones tell spans