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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A Sermon about Change and Being Changed

St. Philip Lutheran Church16 August 2020 + Lectionary 20AMatthew 15.21-28Rev. Josh Evans, preaching Maybe you’ve seen the popular meme online: A man casually sits behind a table, a cup of coffee in his hand, and a sign on the table that reads: [fill in the blank - some provocative statement] … Change my mind. I’ve …

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The Good, Bad, and the In-Between

Unity Lutheran Church19 July 2020 + Lectionary 16AMatthew 13.24-30, 36-43Rev. Josh Evans, preaching Another Sunday, another gospel text about gardening … which means it’s time for everyone’s new favorite game … “Flower or Weed?”! [slides of weeds that look like flowers …and flowers that look like weeds] It just goes to show you: Things are …

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Open for Business

Preacher's Note: This sermon was written and pre-recorded as the protests surrounding the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis were still developing. As such, this sermon fails to address the realities of racism and white supremacy that once again occupy the national stage. For a pastoral message addressing this, please see this statement from Friday, …

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