Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 27, 2020 (Proper 21 – Philippians 2:1-18)

"Paul in Prison" (1627) by Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart. PD-US. Public Domain. Originally preached at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Setauket, New York. Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Have you ever had something happen in your life that was so … Continue reading Sermon for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, September 27, 2020 (Proper 21 – Philippians 2:1-18)

Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2019 (Acts 20:17-35) – “Finishing the Course”

Panathenaic amphora depicting long distance runners. From Gardiner, E. Norman (1864-1930), Greek Athletic Sports and Festivals (London: MacMillan, 1910): 280, Fig. 51. Public Domain. Originally Preached at Living Savior Lutheran Church, Fairfax Station, Virginia. Have you ever run in a race?  I haven't; I was never much of a runner in school.  I was more … Continue reading Sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 12, 2019 (Acts 20:17-35) – “Finishing the Course”

Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, February 17, 2019 (1 Corinthians 15:12-20) – “A Futile Faith? By No Means!”

"The Resurrection" (1886-1894) by James Tissot (1836-1902), Brooklyn Museum. Originally preached at Living Savior Lutheran Church, Fairfax Station, Virginia. In the name of Jesus, amen. If you have spent as much time in the bowels of religious internet discussion pages as I have (a fact about which I am not proud), you will have often come across members of the New Atheist set— those disciples of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, among … Continue reading Sermon for the Sixth Sunday after Epiphany, February 17, 2019 (1 Corinthians 15:12-20) – “A Futile Faith? By No Means!”