“Honestly, I’m Languishing”

St. Philip Lutheran Church18 July 2021 + Lectionary 16B (Pent. 8)Mark 6.30-34, 53-56Rev. Josh Evans, preaching How are you? “I’m doing fine.” “I’m good.” Or for the grammatically astute among us: “I’m well.” But imagine if we answered: “Honestly, I’m languishing.” Languishing. It’s the “blah” feeling that psychologist Adam Grant suggests many of us might …

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A Sermon about How Flawed Disciples Are Still Disciples

St. Philip Lutheran Church11 July 2021 + Lectionary 15B (Pent. 7)Amos 7.7-15; Mark 6.14-29Rev. Josh Evans, preaching Let’s talk about Amos. By the time the book that bears his name opens, the status of the monarchy of ancient Israel isn’t great. The once unified kingdom has split into two, with Israel to the north and …

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“Who do you say that I am?” + A Sermon about Who Jesus Is and Who We Are Called to Be

Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hinsdale 16 September 2018 + Lectionary 24B (Pentecost 17) Mark 8.27-38 “Who do you say that I am?” It’s a deceptively simple question: “Who do you say that I am?” For as long as the Christian church has been in existence, questions about the identity of Jesus have enticed the minds of …

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A Sermon for Ordinary Time (again!) in Which I Quote Lady Gaga

Augustana Lutheran Church 18 June 2017 + Lectionary 11A Matthew 9.35–10.8-23 [Video/audio unavailable due to ornery technology. Also, a generally delayed posting due to an overworked vicar at the end of his tenure.] Our gospel text this morning comes on the heels of Jesus’s famous Sermon on the Mount, and as any good preacher will …

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A Sermon about Stories and Baptism (or, Who says Snapchat is a frivolous waste of time?)

Augustana Lutheran Church 8 January 2017 + Baptism of Our Lord Matthew 3.13-17 I confess that, as of late, I have become obsessed with Snapchat. I normally consider myself to be pretty tech- and social media-savvy, but it was only a few months ago that a friend introduced me to this app. I have quickly …

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A Sermon about Listening and What It Means to Be a Disciple

      This is the first sermon preached at my internship site. Click here and here to learn more about the congregation I will be serving for the next year in the city of Omaha, Nebraska. Augustana Lutheran Church 17 July 2016 + Lectionary 16C Luke 10.38-42 It’s been a hard couple of weeks. I’ve found …

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