Hearing the Word

This page houses audio recordings of a few sermons that I’m proud of and think might be worth a second listen.  I sometimes revise sermons into written blog posts; but a sermon is an event, a proclamation to be heard not read.  Reading a sermon is sort of like listening to a movie.

I hope these humble offerings will be worth your time.  Happy listening.

(Audio recordings of other, recent sermons can be found on the website of Kingsway Baptist Church.)


Pleasing God, Not Mortals: Texts: 1 Thessalonians 2.1-20 and Mark 4.35-41.  Preached June 21, 2015. A sermon responding to the massacre at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.  Proclaiming the gospel requires courage.  Living it requires even more.

Pushing Through the Branches: Text: Mark 11.1-11. Preached March 29, 2015 (Palm Sunday). The crowds welcome Jesus to Jerusalem like a rock star prophet.  But Jesus isn’t looking for fans; He’s looking for disciples.

Life n Death: Texts: Jeremiah 31.31-34 and John 12.20-33. Preached March 22, 2015. The Christian faith is about more than life after death.  It’s about life through death.

Back to the Bridge: Texts: Jonah 3.1-5, 10 and Mark 1.14-20. Preached January 18, 2015.  The first in a two part series inspired by Ava DuVernay’s film, Selma.

Christmas Presence: Text: Luke 2.1-20. Preached December 24, 2014.  For me, a memorable sermon from a memorable service.  The congregation of Mission Mark 16, a West African church who rents the FBCH sanctuary on Sunday afternoons, joined us for worship.  Their Pastor, Rev. Kob, and I alternate reading the Christmas story from Luke 2 in French and English at the beginning of the recording.  I am particularly proud of this sermon because I preached it from minimal notes.

Oh, How I Wish: Texts: Amos 6.4-7, Mark 10.35-45. Preached November 16, 2014. Part of my sermon series, “Lessons from the Sidewalk,” featuring Shel Silverstein poems from Where the Sidewalk Ends, published forty years ago this month.  The poem informing this sermon is “Lester.”

War: What Is It Good For?: Texts: Isaiah 2.1-5, James 4.1-5, Matthew 5.13-16, 37-48.  Preached November 09, 2014.  Part of my sermon series, “Lessons from the Sidewalk,” featuring Shel Silverstein poems from Where the Sidewalk Ends, published forty years ago this month.  The poem informing this sermon is “The Generals.”

I Fought the Law, and the Law Won: Text: Romans 7.1-8, 15-25. Preached July 06, 2014.  This is the most requested and replayed sermon of my time at First Baptist Church of Hyattsville.  It features a legendary story from my family about a transformative encounter my grandfather (a Baptist minister) had with the Ku Klux Klan as a seminary student in 1925.

A Church of Love vs. A Love of Church: Text: Colossians 3.1-17.  Preached June 30, 2013.  A look at what it means to walk the walk rather than just talk the talk.  The excerpt from the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass referenced may be found here.

Don’t Drink, Don’t Smoke – What Do You Do?: Text: Matthew 25.39-45.  Preached on April 21, 2013.  And, yes, the title is a reference to an Adam Ant lyric.

Making It Work When It Isn’t Working: Text: Mark 6.4-13. Preached September 2, 2012. This is an older one, but one that I still get asked about. Even Jesus had days when He didn’t have His “A-Game.”







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