Posts from April 2021

Mini Sermon #55

Sermon Lesson: 1 John 4:7-21 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 22:25-31 (NRSV)Referenced Sermons: The Love Map & The Love Map (Pt II) & The Love Map (Pt III) Today, we are returning to what I like to call “The Love Map.”  For those of you who were in church on Sunday, I eluded to it briefly in my sermon about the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18).  Little did I know when I was standing in the pulpit, promising that I would eventually make a…

Mini Sermon #54 All You Need Is Love

Sermon Lesson: 1 John 3:16-18 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: 1 John 3:16-24 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 23 (NRSV) Quoted Verses: Matthew 22:37-39 (NRSV) Increasingly, more and more, when I look out my window and contemplate the world, I feel that nothing is quite as simple as I wish it could be.  Now, before you pack this sermon away because you think I’m about to give into such maudlin thoughts, I’ve found that Christianity—as wonderfully complex and nuanced as it is, can always be…

Mini Sermon #53

Sermon Lesson: Luke 24:13-35 (NRSV)Alternate N.T. Lesson: 1 John 3:1-7 (NRSV)Psalm: Psalm 4 (NRSV) Usually when I write my mini sermons, I look ahead to the upcoming Sunday, but this time I want to look back to the previous Sunday.  I find myself unwilling to let Jesus go, to let go of his earliest post-Resurrection appearances to the twelve.  Our Lectionary completely skimmed over his second appearance to his followers after he appeared in the garden of his own Tomb,…

Mini Sermon #52

Sermon Lesson: 1 John 1:1-4 (NRSV)Full Sermon Lesson: 1 John 1:1-2:2 (NRSV)Psalm Psalm 133 (NRSV) Our message today is in many ways a flip of the coin.  In many ways—and bear with me—the Easter message is the message of the human Jesus.  Jesus was a man who was found guilty by trial, was crucified, rose again, and then came among his followers.  Of course, simultaneously, he was fully the Son of God and fully divine, but we cannot deny that…