Your Faith has made you well

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary

And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him, “Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; […]

By |2021-10-20T23:10:55-05:00October 21st, 2021|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Cup that I Drink

Gospel Reading for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, Mark 10:35-45

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary

And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, but to sit at […]

By |2021-10-15T11:59:55-05:00October 14th, 2021|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Eye of the Needle

Gospel Reading for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Mark 10:17-31

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary

And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them […]

By |2021-10-06T21:53:36-05:00October 7th, 2021|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Do Not Hinder Them

Gospel Reading for the Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost, Mark 10:2-16

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary

But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not […]

By |2021-10-06T22:01:40-05:00September 29th, 2021|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , |0 Comments

It is Better – Gospel Reading for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Mark 9:38-48

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary

“And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for […]

By |2021-09-23T15:49:56-05:00September 23rd, 2021|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What Were You Discussing on the Way? Gospel Reading for Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Mark 9:30-37

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary

But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him. And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” But they kept silent, for on the way they had […]

By |2021-09-16T09:18:16-05:00September 16th, 2021|Categories: Preaching|Tags: |0 Comments

Help My Unbelief! Gospel Reading for the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, Mark 9:14-29

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary

And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:23–24, ESV)

There are some stories that I am immensely thankful are […]

By |2021-09-16T09:16:22-05:00September 8th, 2021|Categories: Preaching|Tags: |0 Comments

What is “Notes on the Lectionary”?

Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary

We want to create an icebreaker for someone who is reading the Lectionary and wants to engage with what the Church has appointed for a particular Sunday. This is whether you never intend to preach, are just starting out preaching, or have been preaching for a while.

From […]

By |2021-08-27T11:35:41-05:00August 27th, 2021|Categories: Preaching|Tags: |1 Comment

Be Opened! Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Mark 7:31-37

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary

Gospel Reading for the Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Mark 7:31-37

“And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha,’ that is, ‘Be opened.’  And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke […]

By |2021-08-27T11:32:10-05:00August 27th, 2021|Categories: Preaching|Tags: |0 Comments

Unwashed Hands and Traditions of Men: Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Mark 7:1-23

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at AnglicanCompass.com/NotesOnTheLectionary 

Gospel Reading for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Mark 7:1-23

“And he said to them, ‘Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but […]

By |2021-08-27T11:32:53-05:00August 27th, 2021|Categories: Preaching|Tags: |0 Comments

Mother’s Day Sermons: Yes or No? (UPDATED 2021)

Mother’s Day sermons, at least in certain circles, can be a bit controversial. After all, Mother’s Day is not liturgical holiday, an official part of the Church calendar.

So, should you preach Mother’s Day sermons? In a word, yes. This year (2021), let me say it even more strongly, “You’d better!”

(For all of our Anglican Compas content on preaching, […]

By |2021-05-04T09:32:43-05:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: For Pastors, Opinion, Preaching|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The “Perfect” Christmas Eve Sermon??

Christmas Eve is rough on preachers; at least for this one.

The atmosphere for a truly great sermon is all there: scenery, families, music, lighting, Scripture, attendance, joy, and a holy hope in every heart and on every face. But my Christmas Eve sermons (33 and counting) are never equal to this setting. They always seem weak […]

By |2020-12-14T16:49:55-06:00December 12th, 2020|Categories: For Pastors, History, Preaching|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

The Foolishness of God: Reclaiming Preaching in the Anglican Tradition (Review)

“Sermons aren’t commentaries, sermons are events” (14).

This statement from J. Brandon Meeks encapsulates the message of his new book, The Foolishness of God: Reclaiming Preaching in the Anglican Tradition (affiliate link). This collection of essays possesses rich reflection on preaching from a brilliant man. To me, The Foolishness of God is a […]

By |2020-09-12T15:00:37-05:00September 18th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , |0 Comments

Reading the Bible with the Caroline Divines: 4 Homiletical Takeaways

In the shadows cast by the early English reformers (such as Cramner and Hooker) on the one side, and the giants of Anglican theology since the 18th century on the other, sits the rich trove of Anglican theologians and devotional writers known collectively as the Caroline Divines.

Caroline” (derived from the Latin version of the name “Charles”) is the term given […]

By |2021-01-07T14:20:11-06:00June 29th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , |1 Comment

5 Essential Elements of a Funeral Sermon

It’s been an exhausting week. You spent much of it at the hospital, praying for a dying Christian, giving comfort to a grieving family. You missed time with your own family to be a pastor to the parish. You sat with a beloved parishioner’s children as they argued over how they wanted the funeral and burial to go. […]

By |2021-01-07T14:19:56-06:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Preaching Pentecost: The Person and Work of the Spirit in a Time of Coronavirus

Pentecost is, for many of us and our congregations, the Sunday (or season) in which we turn our attention to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The reality, however, for many of the people in our pews, is that the Spirit is often conceived of as more like the Force from Star Wars than a distinct divine person. […]

By |2020-05-21T17:33:54-05:00May 25th, 2020|Categories: Church Year, Preaching|Tags: |0 Comments

Should You Preach a Mother’s Day Sermon? (UPDATED for COVID–19)

For reasons that only the Google gods know, the blog post I wrote last year on preaching a Mother’s Day sermon was a hit. However, it was written before the days of the new “abnormal,” and now needs to be updated.

But the question is still valid. “Should you preach a Mother’s Day sermon?” In a word, yes. This year, […]

By |2020-05-05T08:06:29-05:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: Preaching|Tags: |2 Comments

Let John Chrysostom Preach His Nativity Sermon the Sunday after Christmas

Several years ago, I served as the Assistant Rector at a large Anglican Church. This meant, of course, that I had the wonderful opportunity of preaching cultural holiday weekends when attendance would be predictably low … i.e. Memorial Day Weekend, Labor Day Weekend, etc.

One of the key weekends that I always got to preach was the First Sunday of Christmas. […]

By |2020-12-14T16:43:42-06:00December 13th, 2019|Categories: Church Year, Opinion, Preaching|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Pastor, Let the Children Preach: Why You Should Let the Youth Group Invade Your Pulpit

For the last two years, I’ve been teaching Scripture, theology, and ethics at a small Christian high school that shares space with a local church. It took me a year and a half to realize that, on one of my classroom walls, half-hidden behind a filing cabinet and obscured beneath a coat of paint, was a Bible verse, written in […]

By |2020-01-14T09:40:08-06:00June 27th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Opinion, Preaching|Tags: |1 Comment

Should You Preach a Father’s Day Sermon on Father’s Day?

NOTE: If you’re looking for a Collect for Father’s Day, consider this one, written by Fr. Bryan Owen at Creedal Christian:

O Lord our God, creator of heaven and earth, through your Son Jesus Christ you have revealed yourself as a heavenly Father to all of your children. Bless, we pray, all earthly […]

By |2020-01-14T10:21:47-06:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Opinion, Preaching|Tags: |0 Comments

Ten Thoughts for the Mother’s Day Sermon

Motherhood is one of the most fundamental human roles, given by God and knit into our DNA.

Hallmark’s calendar doesn’t dictate our preaching, but this particular holiday seems worth some attention.

Some Mother’s Day Sermon tips are listed below and can be developed into whole sermons; others are just words of advice. Use this list to re-imagine how you could approach this […]

Learning to Preach from G. Campbell Morgan (Preachers of the Past, pt. 4)

This is part 4 of “Preachers of the Past,” a series where we discuss four distinct preachers from the past, ranging from 347 A.D. to 1945. 

We’ve included detailed preaching points for study and discussion towards the bottom of this post.

Some Background on G. Campbell Morgan (1863-1945)

By |2019-04-05T12:42:40-05:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , |0 Comments

Learning to Preach from Phillips Brooks (Preachers of the Past, pt. 3)

This is part 3 of “Preachers of the Past,” a series where we discuss four distinct preachers from the past, ranging from 347 A.D. to 1945. 

We’ve included detailed preaching points for study and discussion towards the bottom of this post.

Some background on Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

Phillips […]

By |2019-04-03T16:13:13-05:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , |0 Comments

Learning to Preach from Martin Luther (Preachers of the Past, pt. 2)

This is part 2 of “Preachers of the Past,” a series where we discuss four distinct preachers from the past, ranging from 347 A.D. to 1945.

We’ve included detailed preaching points for study and discussion towards the bottom of this post.


Some background on Martin […]

By |2019-03-24T12:01:50-05:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: For Pastors, Preaching|Tags: , , , |0 Comments