A Sermon about a Boatload of Wine, God’s Vision of Abundant Life, and Living in Relationship

Unity Lutheran Church + Christ the King Campus20 January 2019 + Second Sunday after Epiphany (Lectionary 2C)John 2.1-11Rev. Josh Evans, preaching How did I not join Costco sooner?! Packages of toilet paper as big as your bathtub — I’ve still got a handful of rolls from one I bought in June — and food in …

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A Sermon about the Incarnation, Our Bodies, and Being Enough

St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Midlothian 26 August 2018 + Lectionary 21B (Pentecost 14) John 6.56-69, [70-71] Jesus has said a lot of unusual, stunning, even downright shocking things these past five weeks we’ve spent reading our way through John 6: “I am the bread of life.” “I am the living bread that came down from …

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A Sermon about Being Bread for Each Other

Wicker Park Lutheran Church, Chicago 19 August 2018 + Lectionary 20B (Pentecost 13) John 6.51-58 When I started seminary four years ago, I learned a lot of new words: Eschatological. Pneumatology. Exegesis. Hermeneutics. (Not to mention all the Greek and Hebrew vocabulary I memorized.) It doesn’t really matter if you know what any of those …

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Food, Grace, Abundance: A Sermon for Bread of Life Sunday #1

Lutheran Church of the Cross, Arlington Heights 29 July 2018 + Lectionary 17B (Pentecost 10) John 6.1-21 Last week, I preached a sermon about rest. In the midst of so much busyness and hurry and important but exhausting work, Jesus bids his disciples to come away and rest… And in the midst of our own …

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Seeds of Hope, Stories of Resurrection

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chicago 17 March 2018 + Lent 5B Jeremiah 31.31-34; John 12.20-33 Wakanda Forever! (Not to be confused with the Illinois suburb, Wauconda.) It’s the rallying cry of a remote African nation at the heart of the recent theatrical blockbuster Black Panther. Theirs is a civilization technologically advanced beyond that of any …

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Covenant, Promise, Presence: A Sermon for the Third Sunday in Lent

Augustana Chapel at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 5 March 2018 + Lent 3B John 2.13-22; Exodus 20.1-17 What does this mean? I can still hear those words as if I were hearing them in my childhood confirmation classroom. “What does this mean?” “We are to fear, love, and trust God above all …

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