Category Archives: Preaching

What’s Keeping You From Jesus?

This Sunday, I plan to preach on the following passage:

28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” — Matthew 11:28-30 (NRSV) 

Here’s my question for you: what’s keeping you from coming to Jesus? What’s stopping you from taking the next step in your faith journey? What’s holding you back? Anything answers shared in the sermon will be shared anonymously.

This Sunday’s Sermon

This Sunday I’ll be preaching on Matthew 5:13-20, focusing on 17-20. This is the scripture reading that I polled you about earlier on in the week. I started this sermon without knowing where I was going to end up. It has not been an easy journey, but I’m happy with the destination. I feel the Spirit has been with me and I look forward to sharing what I’ve learned with you.

Sermon Question

These two verses are in next week’s lectionary reading from the Gospel of Matthew:

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:17-18, NRSV)

These verses have long puzzled me. I’ve long gotten hung up on them. Have you ever wondered what they meant? Would you like them addressed in a sermon? Let me know at john@revcollins.com.

A Little Help Please

This Sunday, I’ll be preaching on Isaiah 65:17-25. The passage was addressed to Israel at a time when things had not turned out quite the way they had hoped. I’m looking for examples of times in your life when things did not go the way you had hoped/expected/planned. Drop me a line at john@revcollins.com.

Preaching and Stranger Things — Follow Up

To follow up on my previous post: 1. The working sermon title is “Stranger Things, Personal Responsibility, and the Holy Spirit.” 2. You won’t need to have watched “Stranger Things” to follow the sermon. At most, the example is simply a way for people who didn’t live through the 80’s to relate. 3. I don’t think there’s any danger that I’ll reveal any spoilers.

This Sunday’s Sermon

I plan to preach on Luke 10:25-37 (the parable of the good Samaritan). In my reading to prepare for the sermon, I just learned something new—one can never exhaust the depths of the scriptures, even the best-known scriptures —and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you. It’s a reminder that the surprising thing is not that Jesus was crucified, but that it didn’t happen sooner.

Biblical Pronunciation Guide

One of the lectionary Bible commentaries I consult, The Lector’s Guide and Commentary has a pronunciation guide for every lectionary reading. Here are the words for Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18:

Abram (AY-bruhm)
Chaldeans (kal-DEE-uhnz)
Damascus (duh-MAS-kuhs)
Eliezer (el’-ih-EE-zer)
Euphrates (yoo-FRAY-teez)
heifer (HEH-fer)
Ur (ER) [1]

I imagine it’s very helpful to some, but I just found it hilarious that the second to last one was listed and thought I would share.


[1] J. Ted Blakley, A Lector’s Guide and Commentary to the Revised Common Lectionary (Wichita, Kansas: St. Mark’s Press, 2010), 105.