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

Posted on August 27, 2021

Notes on the Lectionary with Deacon Lincoln Anderson. Visit the series page at 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 plainly.” (Mark 7:34–35…

Mother’s Day Sermons: Yes or No?

Posted on May 4, 2021

Mother’s Day sermons, at least in certain circles, can be a bit controversial. After all, Mother’s Day is not a liturgical holiday, an official part of the Church calendar. So, should you preach Mother’s Day sermons? In a word, yes. (For all of our Anglican Compass content on preaching, go here.) Why You Should Preach Mother’s Day…

The “Perfect” Christmas Eve Sermon??

Posted on December 12, 2020

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 and…

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

Posted on September 18, 2020

“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 singularly captivating…

Reading the Bible with the Caroline Divines: 4 Homiletical Takeaways

Posted on June 29, 2020

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…

5 Essential Elements of a Funeral Sermon

Posted on June 25, 2020

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…

Preaching Pentecost: The Person and Work of the Spirit

Posted on May 25, 2020

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…

Let John Chrysostom Preach His Nativity Sermon on Christmas Sunday

Posted on December 13, 2019

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…