Preaching the Word
I'm gathering together on this page sermons I've delivered at Church of the Redeemer at Avenue Road and Bloor St in Toronto, Ontario. Why sermons as part of a page mostly devoted to Bible Study? Because preaching is Bible Study in action. It is where those of us fortunate enough to be able to do so both break open the Word read in worship and use it to persuade and exhort the whole community (ourselves included). In this way we encourage ourselves and others to live as befits members of Christ's body. Our study of the Bible equips us with resources for this preaching and exhortation. We must never forget that the goal of a sermon is not so much to understand the passage in its context as it is to encourage us all to lay aside the broken desires that cause us to elevate things into idols and degrade people into objects. Only in this way can we instead embrace the true love of God and one another that brings us into right relationship with God, ourselves, and our neighbours.
Needless to say, this is an ideal of preaching that I often fall short of! Especially in the earliest of the sermons here, those based on the unrevised lectionary, I have sometimes tended to be far too academic. Still, I still think all of these sermons are worth a look, if you are interested in the readings for the Sunday in question.
If you are a preacher and see anything here you want to borrow or adapt to your own community, feel free to do so. But please let me know. Thank you!
Sermons on the Common Lectionary (Unrevised) [since the Common Lectionary has been superceded by the RCL (below), I have added the specific reading on which I focussed the sermon]
Sermons on the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) [you will find the proper readings by following the RCL link and using the tables provided for each season in each year]