For May 16 (Easter 7, Year B)

John 17:11b-19 Jesus prayed that his followers might be preserved from division and falsehood, from the destructive forces we see at work in the world every day. It seems that the jury is still out on whether his prayer was ever granted. [...]

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For May 9 (Easter 6, Year B)

John 15:9-17 Jesus is repeating what he said earlier (13:35): love one another as I have loved you. The first time he said that, he called it a new commandment. But part of it wasn’t new at all. “Love one another” was [...]

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For May 2 (Easter 5, Year B)

John 15:1-8 In my first course on preaching I was taught this cardinal rule: never use something impersonal to illustrate the personal. That's not bad advice, I suppose. I'd rather people didn't talk about me as if I were a carburetor. But [...]

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For April 25 (Easter 4, Year B)

John 10:11-18; 1 John 3:16-24; Psalm 23 The fourth Sunday in Easter is known as "Good Shepherd Sunday." There's always a reading from the tenth chapter of the Gospel of John, where Jesus calls himself the good shepherd. It tends to conjure [...]

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For April 18 (Easter 3, Year B)

Luke 24:36b-48 Almost ninety years ago, Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple got people’s attention by remarking that Christian faith is “the most avowedly materialist of all the great religions.”* Karl Marx would have been surprised at that remark. So would a good [...]

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For April 11 (Easter 2, All Years)

John 20:19-31 [As one might infer, this is a sermon preached in my own Episcopal Church.] We always hear about Thomas the Twin and his doubts on the second Sunday in Easter. That, John tells us, is when it happened—the second Sunday [...]

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For April 2 (Good Friday, All Years)

Readings online here At the Passover Seder it’s customary for a child to ask, “How is this night different from all other nights?” And the answer is a peculiar one. To paraphrase, “What makes this night different is the way it connects [...]

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