2017.01.22 Epiphany 3

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The first sermon of Jesus recorded in Matthew is no different than the one preached by John the Baptist. Repent: turn 180 degrees from your current way of thinking to one that is new and life-saving. The Kingdom of Heaven: God’s rule in the world, in […]

2017.01.15 Epiphany 2

“I myself did not know him,” said John the Baptist, Jesus’ own cousin. Obviously, this is a different kind of knowing than simply being acquainted with someone. Perhaps that’s why the Gospels have no physical description of Jesus. The evangelists don’t want us to simply know about Jesus, but to actually know him. For in […]

2017.01.08 Cleaning Up the Mess

“It’s my job to be cleaning up this mess / and that makes the day for me.” The words of Jimmy Buffett, but perhaps paraphrasing Christ at his baptism. For it’s in the Jordan River that he begins his real mission of “cleaning up the mess.” 2017.01.08 Bulletin 2017.01.08 Sermon: Cleaning Up the Mess (Redeemer, […]

2017.01.01 The Name of Jesus

“And you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21, ESV). Names mattered to the Ancient Israelites, because names matter to God. As the People of God, our mission is to proclaim the name of Jesus to the world, for “there is no other name under heaven […]

2016-12-24 Christmas Eve

While traveling in Louisiana this month I saw a billboard that urged us to “Make Christmas Great Again – Skip Church.” What are we doing out the night of the 24th? Remembering that 2,000 years ago God showed up in the middle of our world. Remembering the promise he made, to save his people from […]

2016.12.18 Advent 4

“And her husband Joseph, being a just man…” So says Matthew about the husband of Mary, and guardian of Jesus. But what does it mean to be just, to be righteous? As Matthew unfolds his Gospel we discover that righteousness is less a strict observance of a law, and more an attitude towards others. That […]

2016.12.11 Advent 3

In today’s Gospel reading, John the Baptist sends disciples to Jesus. Do they see in him who he truly is? Do the crowds see John the Baptist rightly? What does the world see when it sees Christians? So much depends on seeing truly. Do you see what I see, what God sees? 2016.12.11 Sermon: Do You […]

2016.11.20 Christ the King

“If they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” If crucifixion was the fate for the King of Creation, what will be the fate of those who truly deserve punishment for their sins? Our King will shelter his faithful subjects. But what about those whose wood is […]

2016.11.13 Second Last Sunday

When nations and kingdoms are falling around us, and the world is overcome with famines, disease and disaster, do not be afraid! In fact, says Jesus, these things herald that our salvation is near and that our hour for witness has come. So take the opportunity and proclaim Christ! 2016.11.13 Sermon: Our Opportunity for Witness (Preached at St.John, […]

2016.10.23 Pentecost 23

The simplest teachings of Jesus are often the most difficult. The humble will be exalted, and the exalted humbled. But how do you humble yourself without wanting exaltation? What Christ is really teaching is that our self-worth is not found inside ourselves, or in our work, neighbours or citizenship, but rather in Christ having bought […]