Sermon Archives

September 14, 2014

Every Cross Tells a Story

Every Cross Tells a Story

On Holy Cross day, crosses were brought to the liturgy for blessing and as symbols of the love of God in Christ Jesus. Pauls’ theology of the cross is lifted up as the intersection of God’s Law (Jewish signs) human achievement (Greek wisdom) …that intersection on the cross is…Jesus

September 7, 2014

Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution

Did Jesus really just tell us to confront a church member? Listen as Daniel Heckert, a member of St. John’s and co-leader of the Holy KOWS Youth Group, explores this directive from Jesus. Follow along as we look at how we tie confrontation with love.

August 24, 2014

Jesus the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!

Jesus the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!

We know that Christ was the Son of the Living God. Therefore we know what God is like because of Jesus. This being the case, we then know that we have a loving, grace-filled God who has compassion for his whole creation. Who could ask for anything more!

August 17, 2014

No Ordinary Gospel

No Ordinary Gospel

Blind guide Pharisees, misunderstanding disciples, and a shrill Canaanite woman. Where would you expect to find great faith? How does this story read you?

August 10, 2014

Saving Hands

Saving Hands

Last week we heard the story of the feeding of the 5000, and this week we follow that story up with Jesus walking on the water and Peter trying to come to him, and needing a saving hand as he starts to sink. As we consider the question of how we can find Christ extending […]

August 3, 2014

God of Abundance

God of Abundance

Today we hear the old familiar story of the feeding of the 5000 where we are reminded of how Christ is extravagant when it comes to feeding others, not only with bread and fish, but also with his love and grace. He gives us not only what we need, but extra love and grace abound […]

July 27, 2014

Six Short Parables and Then Some

Six Short Parables and Then Some

The preacher takes a stab at creating parallel parables to the terse little stories of Jesus. Do you understand all of this?

July 20, 2014

God Does the Sorting, We Do the Mission!

God Does the Sorting, We Do the Mission!

There’s a crisis in the kingdom; someone has planted weeds into the wheat. The preacher imagines what the disciples say to Jesus after (according to Matthew) Jesus explains his parable. An allusion is made to the crisis in keeping peace in the Holy Land.

July 13, 2014

The Seed of the Word Is Sown Everywhere!

The Seed of the Word Is Sown Everywhere!

Today we have our old familiar friend, the Parable of the Sower, as our Gospel lesson. The seed in our parable today is sown everywhere! The one who has been called to sow the Word in the world made it a point to sow the seed in every kind of soil. Yet isn’t that what […]

July 6, 2014

Someone We Can Trust

Someone We Can Trust

While we may not know what lies before us, or understand all the mysteries of our world and lives, we do know that God is with us. Jesus speaks to this very issue in our Gospel lesson for today. In the beginning of our Gospel lesson, we hear Jesus acknowledge our inability to understand all […]

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