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Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord Jesus Christ, January 11, 2015


Genesis 1:1-5  |  Psalm 29  |  Acts 19:1-7  |  Mark 1:4-11 When the dove descended, God-the-Spirit greeted God-the-Son. With that greeting, it was time for Jesus to go into the wilderness. He might have wanted to run away, but how do you run from God when you are God? In the desert, Jesus was tempted […]

Sermon for the Sunday of the Passion – Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014


From the cross Jesus cried with a loud voice, “ Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani.” The people were startled by this cry of dereliction. Some thought it might be a sign of God’s imminent intervention. “Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.” A loud cry. A last breath. Silence. In a […]

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 30, 2014


The heart of the man in today’s Gospel (John 9:1-41) was clouded by the shame of being born blind. Jesus cleansed his heart of that anxious shame by opening his eyes. Oh what joy! In this gracious healing, the regular prayer of this man’s synagogue community, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and […]