Sermons (Page 15)

Sermons (Page 15)

Jesus Wins

Matthew 22:34-46 Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit October 26, 2014 (Year A, Proper 25) Jesus Wins  Something happened this week that made me feel really old. The massively multiplayer online roleplaying game World of Warcraft, according to Wikipedia, hit shelves on November 23, 2004. For those of you keeping track, that’s 10 years ago this last Thursday. I was…

Money, Caesar, and God

Matthew 22:15-22 Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit October 19, 2014 “Money, Caesar, and God” I remember my mother’s father, when I was young, doing the impossible. He held up a coin between two fingers in his right hand, and then he grabbed the coin with his left. He would flamboyantly then wave his hand around, look me straight in the eye, and then blow on his hand.…

Jesus Must

Matthew 16:21-28 Church of the Holy Spirit Proper 17, Year A (August 31, 2014)  “Jesus Must” “Only in the leap from the lion’s head will he prove his worth.” In 1989, Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade hit theaters, the last in the famed Indiana Jones trilogy. (If you think there is another Indiana Jones film, then maybe we should talk.) In the movie,…

Jesus Gives the Keys

Matthew 16:13-20 Church of the Holy Spirit Proper 16, Year A (August 24, 2014) “Jesus Gives the Keys” You all know that I have a life-time love for all things Star Wars. What you might not know is that I have a newfound fascination with the classic BBC series Doctor Who. While we were in England, I caught up on the new series and was able to cycle across town to be with…

Jesus Recognizes the Canaanite’s Faith

Matthew 15:10-28 Proper 15, Year A (August 17, 2014) In 2012, Foreign Policy put out a piece on its website called, “Five Surprisingly Good Places to be a Woman” (article). The article starts like this: “When we think about the best places in the world to be a woman, Northern Europe typically springs to mind. And, indeed, countries such as Finland, Iceland, Norway, and…

Jesus Catches Peter

“Jesus Catches Peter” Matthew 14:22-33 Church of the Holy Spirit Proper 14, Year A (August 10, 2014)   It was the summer at Big Bend National Park, a park that at least at the time was famous for its alligators. I was twelve. The occasion was a family reunion on my mother’s side, and there is one adventure I’ll always remember. I had brought my fishing pole, and one…

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

“Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand” Matthew 14:13-21 Church of the Holy Spirit 8th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A (August 3, 2014) I  According to Matthew, Jesus is having a rough week. In just the chapter before today’s reading, Jesus tries to preach in his home town of Nazareth, but they reject him (“Is not this the carpenter’s son?” they asked [Mt 13.55].), and he can do…

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