Sermon on Healing *(for clergy) that I preached at the Festival of Homiletics

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  Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away [Read More...]

“Do you WANT to be made well?” Man, I Wish Jesus Wouldn’t Say Things Like That (a sermon)

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2013-05-05 NBW Sermon <—-click here to listen along. 2Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. 3In these lay many invalids — blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had [Read More...]

Sermon on mermaids, enemies, and the 23rd Psalm

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2013-04-21 NBW Sermon <—-as always, I encourage you to listen along. Especially this week. Just click here. It may take 2 minutes more than just reading it. Happy Good Shepherd Sunday.  It’s not really a festival day of the church, like Christ the King or Transfiguration Sunday are…it’s just that every year, on the 4th Sunday [Read More...]

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...]


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