“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. St. Paul’s letter that we heard today begins with this simple guidance for the Christian life. Be imitators of God, as beloved children. I’m sure you have heard the phrase, “Children learn what they live.” In 1954, Dr. Dorothy Nolte, an educator...

“Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand;” from the letter of St. Paul to the Romans. Last week, I touched on the concept of faith and belief. The Greek word translated to belief is pisteuō, which is also translated to the word faith. This is more than a casual belief that something exists, but it implies a deep level of trust.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life,” from the Gospel according to St. John. These words from the Gospel according to St. John are among the most well known in the Bible. They are filled with hope and love, and reassurance that God loves us, and wants us to live eternally; however, these verses tend to be isolated from a larger section of this Gospel that r...

Feast and Fasting
Sermon / March 5, 2017

“After Jesus was baptized, he was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” From the Gospel according to St. Matthew. On Wednesday, we began annual Lenten fast in which we participate in the 40 days journey in the wilderness with Jesus. I did not say that we will commemorate this event. Rather, we are called to participate in it. In most modern Protestant churches, that was just another Wednesday, and the ...

The Transfiguration
Sermon / February 26, 2017

“Six days after Peter had acknowledged Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.” Of all of the things we humans dream about, climbing a mountain is right up there on the list. When I was in Boy Scouts about 50 years ago, our troop made an annual trek to Colorado to the Lincoln National Forest to camp out for a week. Each da...

Love Your Enemies and Pray For Those Who Persecute You
Sermon / February 19, 2017

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven;” from the Gospel according to St. Matthew. In today’s reading from the Gospel, Jesus continues to upset the norms of society. The people had a concept of justice formed by the Law of Moses, and by the interpretations of tha...