Self-Denial – A Sermon on Mark 8:31-38

Bonus audio track of our choir singing “From the Ashes of Dead Stars:”   And the sermon audio here (don’t mind the blips from congregational discussion):   I spent all week asking people about self-denial, and I got all kinds of answers. The most popular answers were mentions of food and diets. Apparently when we…

Sermons from FRC Schenectady

These are some past sermons preached in my last call. I’m posting them here to keep track of them, while eliminating the separate “Sermon” tab on my website to make room for other things. “Claiming the Reign of Christ in Chaotic Times,” a sermon from Colossians 1:11-20, preached Nov. 20, 2016 at First Reformed Church…

Resistance and Maladjustment – a sermon on Mark 1:9-15

  In December of 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech at Western Michigan University that is considerably less well-known than “I Have a Dream” or some of his other remarkable public addresses. In it he says, “There are certain technical words within every academic discipline that soon become stereotypes and cliches. Modern psychology…

Sparkly Jesus and the Unexpected Visitors – a sermon on Mark 9:2-9

  This passage from the gospel of Mark, called the transfiguration, is a story that has been puzzling pastors and theological scholars for centuries. It’s a bizarre tale. But I’m delighted to tell you that I’ve finally found an explanation, thanks to the Super Bowl. It’s a Tide commercial! Obviously, I jest, and I do…