When the Soul Felt Its Worth + A Sermon for Christmas Eve 2021

St. Philip Lutheran Church24 December 2021 + Nativity of Our LordLuke 2.1-20; Titus 2.11Rev. Josh Evans I wonder how she felt when she of all people was chosen to be the first to receive the “good news of great joy.” Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber gives us some insight: “We have no idea what Mary was …

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The Christ We Expect and the Christ We Get

St. Philip Lutheran Church22 November 2020 + Christ the KingMatthew 25.31-46Rev. Josh Evans, preaching Think about the names of churches for a moment - particularly those with names related to Jesus. Immanuel. Lord of Love. Resurrection. Redeemer. Cross of Life. Or perhaps most appropriately for today, Christ the King. What do you notice? They’re all …

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Forgiveness. Can you imagine?

St. Philip Lutheran Church13 September 2020 + Lectionary 24AMatthew 18.21-35Rev. Josh Evans, preaching A life of restless political ambition pushes Alexander Hamilton to the point of self-absorption. An affair drives a deep political scandal among the public and a wedge between him and his wife. And now his son, Philip, has died tragically and unexpectedly …

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A Good Ol’ Fashioned Sermon about the Radical Nature of God’s Grace (on the 15th anniversary of 9/11)

Augustana Lutheran Church 11 September 2016 + Lectionary 24C Exodus 32.7-14 Liturgical whiplash. It’s the result of a hearing a bizarre pairing of seemingly disparate lectionary texts. On the one hand, there’s the angry vengeful God ready to smite the Israelites in Exodus—and yet, it’s precisely that kind of rash judgment toward “sinners” that Jesus …

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