These are a collection of sermons as well as eulogies that I have presented from 2013 to today.

Some of my sermons during the pandemic in 2020 in Ohio were moved to Facebook.  You can view any of those services by clicking here.

Other sermons can be accessed through the Old Stone Presbyterian Faithlife Sermons page HERE.

Not Looking Hard Enough

The borderlands are a thin place. Gloria Anzaldúa says they're “a psychic, social, and cultural terrain that we inhabit, and that inhabits all of us.” She writes that while borders “are set up to define the places that are safe and unsafe, to distinguish us from them … ” a “borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary … the prohibited and forbidden are its inhabitants.” So what does it mean when Jesus meets people in the borderlands? How are their identities changed? We explore that with the ten lepers today.

10.02.22: You Did Good, So What?

We had quite a week at SJPC last week. Not only did we prep for World Communion and Ian, but we also had an immigrant family show up on our doorstep, and we had a chance to care for them on Friday. It's easy to pat ourselves on the back for these kind of things, but in the gospel today, we're challenged to reconsider. Sometimes in our journey, we'll called just to do the things asked of us just because it's the thing we're supposed to do. However, when we do them, we can be amazed by the results.

Sermon Madness IV: Showing Grace and Mercy To Others

Rounding out our Sermon Madness series today, we turn to John and the story of Jesus washing the disciples feet to understand showing Grace and Mercy to Others. There's a great little saying that's used for grace and mercy: Grace is giving people what they don't deserve, and mercy is not giving people what they do deserve. But that all hinges on "deserve," a word closely related to worth. In a world that so often index worth to production, we can treat grace and mercy like something to be earned. But Jesus shows otherwise, even to the protest of Simon Peter. But in order for grace and mercy to really occur, we have to somehow receive it ourselves with a new sense of "deserving."

Sermon Madness III: Christianity and Patriotism

Almost taboo amongst the more genteel sort, we don't tend to talk about the confluence of Christianity and Patriotism. That silence leads to limited examination at times. Or, it means that those who are particularly loud get to run the show - a little like Mean Girls. Could it be that really, we've lost the balance of what we offer to the state and what we offer to God? Luke 20 opens up that conversation, and we consider patriotism through that lens.
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