Saying Their Names – A Sermon for All Saints

St. Philip Lutheran Church1 November 2020 + All Saints DayMatthew 5.1-12Rev. Josh Evans, preaching Eric Garner.Mike Brown.Tamir Rice.Freddie Gray.George Floyd. Most of us have probably heard those names before. You might even be able to link them to a particular city. These are the names of just a few of the black men who have …

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A Sermon about Being Cast Out (and Where God Is)

St. Philip Lutheran Church11 October 2020 + Lectionary 28AMatthew 22.1-14Rev. Josh Evans, preaching During sophomore year at Lutheran High School North, part of our curriculum included a New Testament class. When it came to parables, we would be taught how to “interpret” them - which meant, more or less, assigning real-life roles to the various …

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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 Sermon about Rocks, Stumbling Blocks, and Rejecting Racism

St. Philip Lutheran Church30 August 2020 + Lectionary 22AMatthew 16.21-28Rev. Josh Evans, preaching You’ve heard it said: “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” It’s the rallying cry of thrift store connoisseurs and garage sale aficionados. I’ve been to enough of them myself to know. If that’s true, then the opposite must also be true: …

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