The Inconvenience of Lent: A Homily for Ash Wednesday

The Inconvenience of Lent                                     Ash Wednesday Homily, Feb 14th, 2018 You might have had plans for tonight. Maybe a romantic dinner, an evening out, yet here we are, in church, on Ash Wednesday, entering into a season of preparation, self-reflection and repentance when we seek to literally “turn around” and focus our lives on God once again. I have joked before and I’ll say it again this evening, nothing says Happy Valentine’s Day like, “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall … Continue reading The Inconvenience of Lent: A Homily for Ash Wednesday

Sermon for Mardis Gras: Finding the Groove

SCRIPTURE READING Our Scripture reading is from Psalm 150. Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. 2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. SERMON We have a picture in our home on the mantle of a young man and woman serving … Continue reading Sermon for Mardis Gras: Finding the Groove

Sermon: The Necessity of Grace

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-10 , 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Sermon: The Necessity of Grace It’s good to be back up here! The air is different in the pulpit. It’s been over a month since I have preached. It was Christmas Eve morning in fact. I was scheduled to preach two weeks ago and sure enough, we had an illness visit our … Continue reading Sermon: The Necessity of Grace

The Sermon Never Preached: “A Longing for Holiness”

Our Scripture reading is from 1 Peter, Chapter 1, Verses 13-16. I will be reading from the New Revised Standard Version. Let us hear the words of Peter: 13 Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. 14 Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. 15 Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” Sermon, January 21st, 2018, “A Longing for Holiness” … Continue reading The Sermon Never Preached: “A Longing for Holiness”

My Experience of Martin Scorsese’s new film “Silence”

I have been wanting to see the new film by the well known director Martin Scorsese titled, ‘Silence’. After waiting many months, I finally sat down and watched the entire film, nearly 3 hours, last week. The film is based off of the 1966 novel by the legendary Japanese writer Shusaku Endo. The film, and novel, take you on the journey of two Jesuit missionaries who travel to 17th Century Japan at the height of persecution against Christians in that island nation. The two missionaries witness the martydom of many of their fellow faithful and endure hardships no one can ever … Continue reading My Experience of Martin Scorsese’s new film “Silence”

Advent 4 Sermon: “Prince of Peace”

Scripture: John 20: 19-23 Sermon, “Names for the Messiah: Prince of Peace” Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters, Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air. The world is encouraged to come away from rancor, Come the way of friendship.   It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time. On this platform of peace, we can create a language To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other. At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ.   We, Angels and Mortals, Believers … Continue reading Advent 4 Sermon: “Prince of Peace”

The Impact of the Franciscan Values

As I was sitting on the campus of Marian University, a Franciscan school in Indianapolis, IN, I began to think about my Franciscan college experience. My friends at Marian, who both work in campus ministry and directly with students, shared about the Franciscan values of the community and asked if I’m familiar with them. I immediately shared, with enthusiasm, yes, I know about those values. What I didn’t share was how they have shaped my ministry, my walk with Christ, and my life overall. I was first introduced to the Franciscan values of the University of Saint Francis, my alma … Continue reading The Impact of the Franciscan Values