For This I was Born

A reflection on John 18:33-37, Christ the King, Proper 29, written for 2015 Abingdon Creative Preaching Annual. (Here is a link for the 2014 issue.) Power and authority are often conflated, but the two are not necessarily the same. Pilate has the power to determine if Jesus lives or dies. But he seems a little…

The Whole Flock

A sermon preached on Christ the King Sunday, Nov 20, 2011 at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Boise, Idaho. Matt 25:31-46 Ezekiel 34:11-16 This morning is Christ the King Sunday. It is a day to pause at the end of the church calendar of “ordinary time”, before we head into the season of Advent next week. And…

Come, Lord Jesus

A sermon preached at Southminster on November 21 2010 Colossians 1:11-20 May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints…

Christ the King

A Sermon preached at SouthminsterNovember 22, 2009 Acts 12:1-19Psalm 18:1-6, 16-19, 46-50 Today is Christ the King Sunday. This is also the end of our liturgical year. Our new year will begin next Sunday with the first day of Advent. In some ways, it is appropriate that our church year should build toward this. The…