Category: jesus

Killing in the name of Jesus

The solemn collects of Good Friday include prayers for “those who in the name of Christ have persecuted others” that “God will open their hearts to the truth, and lead them to faith and...

Where is God in the Haiti earthquake?

This video is all over Twitter and Facebook, and for good reason. I usually don’t like to post things that are so widely dispersed, but this is such an effective response to pervasive questions...

The Spirit bears witness

In preparing the first of two sermons for tomorrow, I ran across this quote by Gregory of Nazianzus. I’m not using it in my sermon, but it’s a terrific entry point to talk about...

Social networking for eternity

I’m preaching two different sermons this Sunday for two baptism services. It is sorely tempting to use this photo for sermon fodder in one of my sermons. It would fit nicely with some commentary...

The Journey of the Magi

I think of T. S. Eliot’s magnificent Epiphany poem every year on the Feast of the Epiphany, ever since my little part in a readers theater group at Calvary Church, Rochester, MN. The Journey...

Hasten thither to the Temple

Over on Facebook, I mentioned that I would be quoting Origen and Talladega Nights in my sermon yesterday. This attracted numerous comments, and it was even mentioned on a blog. I’m not sure the...

Christmas Jesus…or not?

Though I am not preaching about the “Christmas Jesus” tomorrow, I will be quoting from this prayer. I’ll be making the point, I hope uncontroversially, that Jesus grew up. Note that this is an...

Nativity sermon

While this was first preached on Christmas night, I think it’s fitting for this season — perhaps it will help us all stretch out our sense of the mystery of glorious Christmas Eve services....

The shepherds’ story

I have the good fortune of serving at Christ Church with the Rev’d Melody Wilson Shobe. She preached a brilliant sermon on Christmas Eve, which she has agreed to share with you, dear readers....

A sermon for Christmas Day

This is my (brief) sermon for Christmas Day, preached this morning at Christ Church. “And the Word became flesh and lived among us” In the name of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen....