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Sermon from Easter Sunday - April 24, 2011

Based on: John 20:1-18

I must admit I was sorely tempted to stand up here this morning and say:

  • Jesus died.
  • Jesus rose.
  • Go do something about it!

And then sit down.

Because truly, what else can you say on the Sunday of the Resurrection, Easter Sunday?

  • Jesus died.
  • Jesus rose.
  • Go do something about it.

If you were here on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, you have the sense of "He died." No need to belabor the point. If you missed out on the deep darkness of the story that led to today, well then, come back next year during Holy Week. We do this every year you know.

Homily from Funeral for Charles F. Allnutt - April 23, 2011

Based on: Luke 10:25-37

"Go and do likewise." These are the ending words from the scripture Charlie's family chose. It was chosen because in their eyes this scripture is most representative of Charlie's life as husband, father, friend, physician, and gentleman.

"Go and do likewise." These words at the end of Luke's story often get lost in the trivialities when the parable of the Good Samaritan becomes just another story about how to act. Yet this powerful story can signal to us there is much more than simply helping others.

Good Friday Sermon - April 22, 2011

Based on: John 18:1 - 19:42

Last night we stripped the altar and church of ornaments. We slowly carried out the things that help to make this beautiful building a testament and a triumph to our Lord. We carry them out and we spend Good Friday in bleakness and darkness to remind us just how broken and needy we are.

It's easy for most upper-middle class folks to forget how broken and needy we are. We go along from day to day with enough to eat and enough to drink and really, if we would admit it, more than enough to buy most of what we want. We need reminders of just how broken and how needy we are, how near death we are, how close to end of our ropes and how very, very close we are to denying both that and the Savior we claim to love. Because underneath this sweetness and light lies bitter darkness, darkness so deep only one thing can penetrate it.

Palm Sunday Sermon - April 17, 2011

Based on: Matthew 26:14 - 27:66

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

May my words be your Word and my heart rest in you as I speak, O Lord. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. AMEN.

The passion gospel you are about to hear is full of small betrayals.

There is the large betrayal of Judas, of course. But what about the small betrayal mentioned in John's gospel when Judas takes money from the common purse? What about Judas' betrayal of questioning Mary anointing Jesus with nard? Judas had lived closely with Jesus and knew his deep generosity, and yet he betrayed that generosity by suggesting Mary's act was far too generous. Judas betrayed Jesus with a lie when he knowing he was the betrayer, he asked Jesus, "Surely not I, Rabbi?" And Jesus responded to that lie with, "You have said so."

Sermon from Sunday, February 13th 2011

Based on: Matthew 5:21-37

If I were smart today, I would preach about the psalm, or invent a biography of the Corinthians. Anything would be better than tackling things like this. "...I say to you, that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment."[1] And then there's, "So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift at the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift."[2] And then worst of all, "I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on grounds of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery."[3] Who wants to listen to stuff like this anyway?

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