Sermons on John

By Truth Set Free

Preached October 26, 2017           Reformation Sunday

John 8:31-36

 

Jesus said to some Jews who believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

By his own admission, the people he was talking to believed in him, which probably meant they accepted on an intellectual level that he was the Messiah that the Jewish people had been waiting for. But that did not quite make them disciples. To be truly his disciples, they had to, as he said, continue in his word. That expression, to continue, is related to the word abide, which means to make someplace or something your abode. Your home. It implies permanence and continuation and relationship. To become a disciple of Jesus requires something more than intellectual belief in him. It demands a commitment to a relationship to him that shapes all our other relationships and determines our choices.

Touchy Feely

John 20:19-31 Preached FCCW, 4/23/2017   The Sunday after Easter is sometimes referred to as Holy Humor Sunday. The reason for that is, on Good Friday, when Jesus died, the Devil thought he had won. But on Easter Sunday, God played the biggest joke ever by raising Jesus from the dead. So, the Holy Humor more »

Thirst Quencher

Text John 4:5-42 Preached FCCW 3-19-2017 The anthem that the choir just sang is based on this morning’s gospel story, which tells of Jesus’ encounter with a woman at a well in Samaria, where Jesus offers her “living water.” “Living Water” sounds like it could be the brand name for any of the varieties of more »

Nick at Night

John 3:1-17 Preached FCCW 3/12/2017 The story of Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus is comical. Really, it is! In fact, I liken it to one of the all-time classic comedy routines: Abbott and Costello’s, “Who’s on First?” You know – that skit that revolves around a confused conversation about the starting lineup for a baseball team more »

Pluto’s Demise and Other Discoveries We Never Saw Coming

John 1:29-42 Preached FCCW, January 15, 2017 For all of us who were born in the 20th or 21st centuries, the one constant in life has been impermanence. The last hundred years or so have witnessed an acceleration of scientific exploration and technological progress unprecedented in the history of human civilization. We’ve gone from Kitty Hawk to more »

Giving Thanks for What We Don’t See

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John 6:25-35

Preached at the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service, St. Edward’s Church, 11/23/2016

I can’t say for sure, but I’d be willing to bet that on Thanksgiving there are more households in America where a prayer will be offered over a meal, than on any other day of the year.