A God Who Cannot Be Explained (But Has to Be Experienced)

St. Philip Lutheran Church12 June 2022 + The Holy TrinityJohn 16.12-15; Exodus 3Rev. Josh Evans After four years of seminary, including two years of field education placements, and now nearly four years into ordained ministry, I’ve reached the stage of my preaching career where my sermon prep usually begins with a quick search through my …

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Never Alone

St. Philip Lutheran Church26 September 2021 + Lectionary 26b (Pent. 18)Numbers 11.4-6, 10-16, 24-29; James 5.13-20Rev. Josh Evans “I’m not really that kind of Christian,” admits Episcopal priest Winnie Varghese. “I like a chanted service, incense, and a script.” But asking someone to pray for her and giving her concerns over to someone else to …

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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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