Sermons

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Proclamation meets Protest Theodicy in this Lenten sermon on Psalm 77. This is the sermon after which I was told "I got the feeling you loved the words more than you loved us."
This sermon challenges both the hearer and the preacher to step out of their comfort zones into the storm where God is walking on the water. This was one of the most intimidating sermons I've ever preached.
Taking the "triumphal entry" from Luke, I guide us through the privilege and responsibility that accompany proclamation. If you like animated preaching, I do a whole lot of gesturing in this sermon.
In one of the more theological sermons I've done, I look at Ezekiel 36 and the absolute sovereignty of God, then bring it back around to Christ and the incarnation.
 After reading the lectionary text assigned to this Sunday, I ended up changing it around completely and preached this sermon about the importance of home, and of its relationship to being in God's presence. I was accused of being a little bit Baptist after this sermon.
Another storm centered sermon, this time about calming the storm, with regard to the strangeness of talking about storms on a hot summer day. This one has an emphasis on the particularity of our experience, and the uniting force that Christ has on us.
Part of a Stewardship Series on Micah 6:8, this sermon starts with a funny story about justice, and posits that righteousness is the result of grace, not the cause of it. Preaching this sermon changed my theology of grace and righteousness.
In this sermon, I dare to expect something of God, this one is very biblically driven, with little outside illustration, but it stands as a testament of hope in the God who is active in our world always, in ways we have never before seen.
This is one of my longer sermons, and uses the developing refrain that I also used in "Oh Peter." This one leads to the table and emphasizes God's refusal to give us up.
My final sermon for my internship at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. I use a story about my mother and her faith, and make the congregation sing a hymn. This sermon is heavy on God's sovereignty, and is perhaps my best work to date. I'm proud of this one.
Sermon preached at Cornelia First Presbyterian Church regarding radical inclusivity and our relationship to those who are different from us. It's a push for churches to move from being "welcoming" to "inviting." Video quality is slightly lower because it was recorded by the Church's system, but it does feature multiple angles!
This one was for a supply preaching gig at United Presbyterian Church in Lenoir, NC. I call the prophet Hosea an abusive husband and father, and make the point that God transforms us. The center of our identity is not what we've done, but that God loves us.
This sermon is on the importance of trust in God who promises us a future. It explores the reality of our suffering, but emphasizes that we are not defined by it, but by the love of God.
The Christian claim is Resurrection, not Immortality. This sermon challenges our anxiety over death with the reality of the resurrection.
On a Sunday full of Apocalyptic texts, I preached about the fall of the temple prophecy in Luke, and how Jesus does not answer the disciples questions...
Vision and Recognition
"Even I didn't recognize him" admits John the Baptist, but that doesn't change the truth of his testimony. Neither does it affect God's love for us. This sermon focuses on God's ability to act where we can see that involvement or not. 
Sticks and Stones
It's Exodus 17 and so far, we've made it out of Egypt. But between crossing the Red Sea and receiving the law at Sinai, God leads the israelites into a barren place called Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.
To an Unknown God
A sermon about a sermon! Paul appears before the council on Mars Hill (Areopagus) and tells them about the God made known to him by means of the resurrection. A very theological sermon with influences from John Calvin's commentary on Acts and Hans Frei's The Identity Of Jesus Christ.
The Words God Gave Us
My first sermon in my first call. It introduces me, as well as some of my Pneumatology. Communities are called together so that they can be mutually encouraged by one another.
Language of Faith
Pentecost 2014, where I invite everyone to testify to the mighty works of God through the gifts God has given them, as the languages in Pentecost are not limited to ones that are spoken or written. This sermon was heavily influenced by my Worship and the Arts class.
Perichoresis
Big words from theology classes get broken down and God's people are invited to join in the work God is doing in the world. God's sovereignty in creation is shown to be invitational, rather than coercive or authoritarian.
Non-Violent Swords
During a time of disunity after GA221 in Detroit, the recommended Gospel Text was the famous "I come not to bring peace but a sword." This sermon emerged out of my hope for unity even amid the disparate reactions to what happened at General Assembly.
Festal Shout
This sermon explores the reasons we come to worship, and celebrates the greatness of God and the good work that the church is doing in the world. It also wrestles with post-exilic theology, able to celebrate God even when we cannot see how God is at work.
Understanding Mystery
Having spent a week doing mission work and youth ministry at Tri-Cities workcamp, I came home to my church to preach on the Parable of the Sower. This sermon emphasizes that we don't always see the ways in which God is working, and we should have the faith to spread the word abundantly.


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This is an early sermon of mine from before I went to Seminary. It's about God suffering alongside us, and alongside all who suffer, even if we are the cause of their suffering.
Family patterns abound in a discussion of Naboth's vineyard, and a discussion of faith as our ancestral inheritance. There's also a discussion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who is super cool in my mind.
I preached this at my home church. It went over rather well, and is probably the best of my pre-seminary sermons. I talk at length about generational differences, and about the nature of miracles. The biggest point in this sermon is the difference between facts and truth, and the role of each in biblical authority.
My first full-length sermon. In part, it's an indictment of the complacency of American culture, and of the church as well. It's also a call to trust God's providence, and to give up the fantasy of control.
I wrote this sermon after returning from my honeymoon. I delivered it in the church in which my father-in-law serves as Pastor. It talks about suffering for the sake of the Kingdom, and how that suffering pales in comparison to the love we share with one another.
Amos 5 is one of my favorite passages in scripture. It's a righteous God who is angry with us for not being better. This sermon reminds us that this God is talking to, and about, us. We don't get to pretend that it's about someone else.
"Choose this day whom you will serve" is one of the most famous passages from Joshua. This sermon examines why we choose Christianity when it makes no promises to fix our problems. The answer turns out to be gratitude.
The only sermon I've preached twice, this one is a hopeful look at the future of the church, and an affirmation that Christ is active in our lives, and in our world. I talk about various emergent church models and lay out my own ecclesiology. I preached this one for a congregation that needed a supply preached, and pulled it out again in an emergency preaching situation.
When I was in high school, Dr. Matt Brown, then the senior pastor at my home church, preached on the transfiguration in a sermon entitled: "Don't just do something, stand there." It's one of the most memorable sermons I've heard in my life. This sermon is my take on the same text, and is very informed by his sermon, although this one is very much in my own voice, not an attempt to copy him.
This is a Lenten sermon that reaffirms the importance of God's covenant with us, and names our imperfections in light of God's perfection. It's a big "sovereignty of God" sermon that was a part of a preaching trip to Mississippi.
This sermon explores the relationship between fear and faith in the story of Abraham. It imagines a conversation with Abraham about what he is afraid of, seeking to name the experience of an increasingly older population, and then sets those aside in the face of the greatness of God's faith.
This sermon served as a farewell to a worshipping community in Austell, GA that invited me to preach there once a month. It's a question of what's next revolving around the ascension.
This sermon explores who Jesus pays attention to during a healing. It expands on some characters mentioned in that story, giving multiple points of view. It also lifts up that we are made in the image of God and should love one another. All in all, a very feel-good sermon.
Among the gifts God gives us, one of the greatest is each other. This sermon talks about the great cloud of witnesses, and how we each encourage one another as we run the race that is set before us.
This sermon focuses on the image of a woman who has been disabled for eighteen years walking forward as Jesus called her, and on the focus Jesus has on her in the event. I make the claim that Jesus's focus on people shows us where our focus should be, and where we might get bogged down.
Sermon on the centrality of God's vision for our lives over the kingdoms we build for ourselves. Also focuses on the presence of the kingdom of God among us, even though we cannot embody that kingdom without the grace of God.
The reign of Christ extends to all of creation, even the parts we don't like. This sermon, preached on the last Sunday before Advent, explores what that looks like in a number of different ways. Advent is a season of waiting, Reign of Christ Sunday shows us what we're waiting for.

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