Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Running Toward the World

Pentecost during a pandemic feels different and we need God's presence more than ever. Fortunately, the only things necessary for the church are the people, any people, and the Holy Spirit. It's tempting to sink into nostalgia and long for the past, but God wants more for us. On Easter, Jesus changed everything and the Holy Spirit came to...

Overturned and Turned Over

A look at the post-Easter narrative in Luke's gospel. Todd draws on his background as a Classicist to show how in Luke the birth, death, and resurrection Jesus does nothing less then inaugurate a new alternative kingdom that challenges the established order of the Roman empire and champions the poor and marginalized in that order over the rich and...

The Awe of Easter

Sermon for the season of Easter. A look at the Gospel of Mark's version of the Easter story in Mark 16:1-8. Mark renders Easter a mystery and confronts us with a resurrection story that reminds us that Easter is something beyond our comprehension. https://youtu.be/NWGcZWhQGiM

Feed My Sheep

A continuation of the Gospel of John's post-resurrection story that follows Jesus' conversation with his disciples in "What's Cook'n Jesus?" This sermon suggests that for the church to really be the church we must be active and engaged with the world. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, "The church is the church only when it exists for others." https://youtu.be/XaNFonmWUBs

No Palms? No Parades? No Problem.

What is Palm Sunday without a parade of palms? Still one of the most important declarations Jesus makes in the gospels. We matter to God so much that Jesus is riding into Jerusalem today, to confront head on the fear and pain and brokenness of all humanity. All of us are made in God’s image, all of us are...

What’s Cook’n Jesus?

This sermon was preached on April 26, 2020 as part of a series looking at the post-resurrection stories of the gospels. The text is John 21:1-14. This sermon takes a close look at the ways the gospel writer uses structure and word choice to portray a Jesus who offers us a deep and transformed life and who wants to...

Doubt and Faith

The disciple Thomas gets a bad wrap in most post-resurrection stories, but doubt is an important component to faith. Todd recounts his own faith journey and the doubts and questions he had about the church along the way. https://youtu.be/2CD7M6X5tVQ

Faith and Improv

Preached March 22, 2020 at the start of the COVID pandemic in Toronto, this sermon offers comfort and encouragement for a difficult time. May God's love orient and ground us as we remember that God's love casts out all fear. If we embrace Love and embrace our larger calling, we will be ok. https://youtu.be/0pqNGo_eMqE

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