This sermon reflects on Jeremiah Jeremiah 18:1-11, Philemon 1-21, & Luke 14:25-33 to wonder how we should respond when we discover problems in life—and the importance of recognizing how different sized problems require different kinds of change to fix them.
Category Archives: Sermons
Beyond the Humble Brag
Reflecting on Hebrews 13:1-5 & Luke 14:7-11, this sermon considers what the purpose of humility might be. Is it just a smokescreen, etiquette that we engage in to (ironically) impress others? Or is there more to it?…
Seeking the Truth Beyond 1st Impressions
This sermon focuses on Hebrews 12:18-29 to wonder how we can discern truth beyond our (often mistaken) first impressions—both of other people, and our world at large.
Entering God’s Story—In Media Res
In this sermon, I reflection on the Letter to the Hebrews 11:39-12:2 to ask how our personal lives fit into the larger story of our world, and the preferred future God dreams for us:
Getting Ready for God-Knows-What
This sermon focuses on Luke 12:40 & Hebrews 11:1 to meditate on the uncertainty of life—and faith. How is God calling us to simply be ready for a future we can’t even imagine?
Baptism: Out with the Old & in with the New
Paul describes membership in the church as a kind of death. What does this mean, especially since Jesus is constantly talking about “life abundant” and “life eternal”? I tackle this question in the sermon below, focusing on Colossians 3:1-11:
But How Do We Pray?
This past Sunday, our Gospel reading was Luke 11:1-13, which includes Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer—the prayer Jesus taught his disciples.
In this sermon, I explore the Lord’s Prayer not only to better understand what Jesus teaches us we ought to pray for, but also to better understand what role prayer can have in our lives—especially the relation between prayer and action.
Please feel free to share and let me know what you think.
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
The parable of the Good Samaritan is one of the best known among Jesus’s teachings. Yet we often misunderstand the meaning of this parable, and the hard task that Jesus is calling us to.
Click below for the full sermon:
Living the Dream with Pauli Murray
As anyone who has visited this page lately can plainly see, I haven’t been updating this blog in quite a while. My work in full-time ministry has left with me with little extra time—or creative energy—for regular writing here, unfortunately.
So, in lieu of new written pieces, I will begin to post my sermons here more-or-less weekly. Each post will link to the YouTube video of the sermon. I invite you to share any sermon you like, and please feel free to leave comments on my parish’s YouTube channel.
Today, I want to share the sermon I preached on July 3, 2022, celebrating the Feast of Pauli Murray:
Sermons Upon Sermons…
I haven’t written on this blog in a while, but I do have a reason. Back in April of 2018, I began work as an Assistant Rector at St. Mark’s Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Predictably, my free time has dwindled, and so my time on here has as well.
In the past, I had at least posted written versions of any sermons I gave on this blog. I haven’t done that in a while, but that’s because my sermons are now posted on my church’s site. I figured the least I could do was link that page here, so that if any folks who came across my personal blog wanted to check any of those sermons out, you could get to them easily.
So here are the links:
Scott’s Sermons at St. Augustine’s
I will also post a permanent link to that sermons page both up top on the pages bar and in the blogroll on the sidebar.
I do hope to also post some non-sermon content on here from time to time—but with my current schedule, I won’t make any promises!