Category Archives: Sermons

Room for Ice Cream

Sunday, August 20, 2017 Season after Pentecost Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon here: *Today’s sermon is adapted from a preaching commentary for this Sunday’s texts which I wrote, included for Sundays and Seasons Preaching Year A 2017, published by Augsburg Fortress. 21Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre […]

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That Sinking Feeling

10th Sunday after Pentecost August 13, 2017 22[Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side [of the Sea of Galilee], while he dismissed the crowds.23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, […]

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Inside the Mustard Seed and More

8th Sunday after Pentecost July 30, 2017 Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon here: 31[Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field;32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest […]

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Growing Wheat

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost July 23, 2017 24[Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore […]

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No Explanation

4th Sunday after Pentecost July 2, 2017 1God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains that I […]

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Unjust Peace

3rd Sunday after Pentecost June 25, 2017 Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon here: 8The child [Isaac] grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. 9But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. […]

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Holy Laughter

2nd Sunday after Pentecost June 18, 2017 1The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. 2He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, […]

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Creation Banquet

Trinity Sunday  June 11, 2017 Genesis 1:1-2:4a 16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and […]

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Shoved Out of an Airplane

Pentecost Sunday  June 4, 2017 Listen to today’s gospel reading and sermon here: 1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, […]

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Can I Get a Witness?

7th Sunday of Easter May 28, 2017 6When [the apostles] had come together, they asked [Jesus], “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive […]

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