Category Archives: Sermons

“God’s Soft Spot for Strangers” – A Sermon on Matthew 9:35-10:14

One of the most ubiquitous and enduring lessons of childhood in the U.S. is, “Don’t talk to strangers.” I’m not sure that was always true, but for the last several decades, parents have warned their kids of “stranger danger.”  This … Continue reading

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A Sermon on Romans 8:19-23

Romans 8:19-23 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in … Continue reading

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A Pentecost Sermon on Acts 2:1-21

A liturgical year ago, last Pentecost, I had the honor of preaching at a friend’s ordination in Michigan. Ordinations are always festive; all the clergy dress up in red and process down the aisles, and the candidate gets to pick … Continue reading

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Living Legacies – A Sermon on John 17:1-11

It’s been a bad couple of years for musicians dying. Last year we lost George Michael, Leonard Cohen, and Prince, among others. This week, Gregg Allman died. Last week it was Chris Cornell, who hit me the hardest of all. … Continue reading

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“A Bunch of Nobodies” – a sermon on 1 Peter 2:2-10

1 Peter 2:2-10 Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation – if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals … Continue reading

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Lectionary Blogging – Easter 5A

On Sunday I began my call as the pastor of the Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. In moving from an associate position to that of a solo pastor, I have shifted the focus of my work pretty significantly; … Continue reading

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Getting Specific – A Sermon on Luke 10:25-37

I suspect that for many of you, this has been a tough week. It has been for me. The daily death toll – first Alton Sterling, then Philando Castile, then the five police officers in Dallas – has left me … Continue reading

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