Can These Bones Live? – a Sermon on Ezekiel 37:1-14

  Ezekiel found himself in a valley filled with death, without knowing exactly how he came to be there, or, in fact, exactly where he was. The floor of the valley as far as he could see was littered with dry bones. A tragedy, to be sure. A battle? A massacre? A natural disaster? Some…

Absolutely Nothing – A Sermon on Acts 8:26-36

You always hear that “the more things change, the more things stay the same,” and that is very true of this passage from Acts. So much about the culture of Philip and the unnamed Ethiopian eunuch is unfamiliar to us. So many things have changed over the last 2,000 years, and in many ways you…

Who Is My Neighbor? An Earth Day Sermon on Mark 12:28-31

  Who is my neighbor? Cynthia Moe-Lobeda tells a number of life stories in her book, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation, and I have drawn from a few of them – and heavily from her book as a whole – for this sermon. One of the stories she tells is of Ravi Chandekar,…

Non-Violent Resistance – a Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Harold Porter

Yesterday I got a break from preaching as we welcomed to our pulpit the Pastor Emeritus, the Rev. Dr. Harold (Hal) Porter. He was instrumental in creating the open communion table policy that has been central to the ministry of our congregation, and urging Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) on to…

The Maladjustment of Resurrection – an Easter Sermon on Mark 16:1-8

Listen to Heidi Middendorf sing “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth:”   Listen to the sermon here:   Easter has been the biggest holiday in the Christian church for centuries. It’s when we celebrate the culmination of Jesus’ story in the Gospels, when it turns out that even death did not have the last say….

Humility – a Palm Sunday sermon on Mark 11:1-11

  When the first Harry Potter novel came out in 1997, I was already an adult. I got Potter fever just like everyone else I knew, and tore through the books and then the movies. However, as the series got darker and more dangerous, especially when it culminated in a massive battle between Voldemort’s army…

Sacrifice – a sermon on John 12:20-33

This week’s sermon is a little out of the ordinary for me – more of a brief lecture on atonement theories than a sermon. So, instead of my usual manuscript, below you will find more of a detailed outline. A few of the online resources I used are linked at the bottom, and I’ll be…

This week I got the pleasure of singing with the choir on “You Will Be Found” from the soundtrack of Dear Evan Hansen. You can listen to it here:   Listen to the sermon audio here, or read (approximately) the manuscript below:   One of the most familiar verses in the entire Bible is in…

Disruption – a sermon on John 2:13-22

Check out the MAPC choir this week singing “The Lamentation of Jeremiah:”   Listen to the sermon here, or read the (approximate) manuscript below:   If you ask people who regularly attend church services why they go, in my completely unscientific and purely anecdotal experience, a lot of them will tell you that they find…