Sermon Archive

We invite you to reflect upon these sermons, offered at the Sunday morning service at the Princeton University Chapel.

We hope that you find them to be a resource to you in your own spiritual journey.

Sermons

Sunday, Nov 7, 2010

I can sympathize with Jesus, I think, in what he is experiencing at the beginning of our passage from Luke. The Sadducees, the religious tradionalists of his day, are trying to trap him into saying something that they can use against him. I experience this kind of thing – I bet many of us do in our own ways. For me, it is the email...

Sunday, Oct 24, 2010

Sometimes tragedy wakes people up. Sometimes. The tragedy of 9/11 woke some Americans –slammed to our knees in despair – to notice that so many in the world are always on their knees –subjected to violence, to grief, or constant hunger and immiseration. That tragedy woke some to understanding what truly to value in their lives. I...

Sunday, Oct 17, 2010

What Jesus says is, of course, important! “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing,” he says. He had just emerged, according to the Evangelist Luke, just emerged from the wilderness and his temptations by the devil there.    His encounter with evil had only made him stronger. He immediately goes to his hometown of...

Sunday, Sep 26, 2010

A little over a year ago a British politician (I don’t remember who) announced that, in the morass of the global economic freefall, there were now “green shoots” beginning to appear - after many months of financial devastation, a few sprouts of new life were coming up in the economic wasteland of grey brambles. It was a phrase that...

Sunday, Sep 12, 2010

Each summer, my family looks forward to having some weeks of vacation time, all together, in beautiful Downeast Maine. On the first Saturday of August each year, the little white clapboard Congregational church that we attend there has its annual Church Fair. It is a much anticipated event by many in the region, particularly for its...

Sunday, May 30, 2010

“I never saw it coming!” Those are the words with which I opened my remarks for my biography for the 50th reunion of the class of 1960 – to be added to other people’s remarks and memories and reflections. “I never saw it coming!” That summed up the last 50 years for me. So much has happened in my life that I never would have dreamed...

Sunday, Apr 18, 2010

A woman sits quietly at the back of a church. She’s come a few times before. Her heart and spirit are agitated. She fights back tears for a while, then gives in to them and lets them run down her cheeks. Maybe she feels loved for the first time. Maybe what she’s hearing at last makes spiritual sense. Maybe she feels forgiven. Maybe...

Sunday, Apr 11, 2010

As an undergraduate, I was an active Chapel Deacon. There had not been crucifers prior to my day, and I got to be the first of those. I have been able to fill that role at a few of my reunions as well, and it is always a great thrill. Certainly, however, I never thought that I would have the opportunity to occupy this distinguished...

Sunday, Apr 4, 2010

It is the Day of Resurrection. God has raised Jesus Christ from the dead. The power of death is blasted away. Heaven is opened; new life is opened to us all. No longer will the fear of death keep us from living life to the fullest. The life that really is life is ours for the grasping. The love of God is the strongest force in the...

Sunday, Mar 7, 2010

When I first consulted my Bible to see the texts appointed for today’s sermon, I was taken aback. My Bible has headings – brief titles – before each section. The title for this morning’s Gospel passage is “Repent or Perish.” As a preacher, I’ve been described in many ways, but “Prophet of Doom” has never been one of them. Fortunately...

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