My Birthday Wish

Pastor Matthew Nickoloff, HFASS intern 2011-2012 at the new church plant, South Wedge Mission in Rochester, NY.  I still mentor Matthew as a new church planter.

  Tomorrow is my 44th birthday. As per usual, I will exploit this to try and benefit my congregation. We need to raise $7,000 in order to again be an internship site this Fall. We are committed to training church planters to go and create sacramental communities similar to HFASS in other locations across the [Read More...]

Sermon on the Kyrie, Peter’s Own Smell of Shame and the God of Easter

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  2013-4-14 NBW Sermon<—Click here to listen along. Kyrie eleison –Lord have mercy There is a setting of the Liturgy that I despise above all other settings of the liturgy because the Kyrie is so bouncy it sounds like a Fanta commercial.  (for those of you reading this and not listening…I sing this line) Kyrie eleison, [Read More...]

5 years ago on Maundy Thursday I preached my first sermon at HFASS. There were 8 of us. Here it is.

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I imagine in the room that night the friends and followers of Jesus enjoying each other’s company, glad to be away from the crowds.  They have no idea at the time that this is the night they will never forget.  When I was working as a chaplain at the hospital, I noticed that the family [Read More...]

Palm Sunday Sermon About Morbid Reflection, Home Perms and Fickle Crowds

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2013-03-24 NBW Sermon <—click here to listen along. Here we go.  It’s Palm Sunday – the beginning of Holy Week. The day we remember Jesus’ so-called triumphal entry into Jerusalem. And once again, I am confronted with my own cynicism AND I’ve been thinking a lot about regret this week.  Which is a real winning combination. [Read More...]

Sermon: The Parable of the Prodigal Father

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2013-03-10 NBW Sermon <—-click here to listen along. Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his [Read More...]

Sermon: One More Year for Figs and Manure

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2013-3-3 NBW Sermon <—-Click here to listen along.  I swear it makes more sense to hear it than to simply read it. Well, it’s parable day again boys and girls. And boy do we have a weird one. Today we hear the parable of the Fig tree. In this parable the Vineyard owner is frustrated that [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday Sermon: The Crap We Give Our Hearts To

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Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; rend your hearts and not your clothing.   Today we begin a 40 day period of wilderness wandering.  40 days because that’s how long Jesus was tempted in the wilderness.  Even those in our society [Read More...]

Sermon on Baptism and the Devil

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2013-1-27 NBW Sermon    <—-click here to listen along. In the church of my childhood it was taught that the “age of accountability” was somewhere around 12. To hit the age of accountability was to, like,  spiritually go off of your parents’ insurance. At age 12 the clock starts ticking, spiritually speaking; you know right [Read More...]

Sermon on Spiritual Gifts (which, unfairly, doesn’t include snarkyness)

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1_20_2013 NBW Sermon-1 <—–click here to listen along.  Sermons are a spoken event. Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the [Read More...]

Sermon on Pirates in the Nativity and How God Incarnates the Impossible Among the Unlikely

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And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ [Read More...]


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