Sermons by Rev. Dr. Rod Kennedy

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March 11, 2018: “Snake on a Stick; Savior on a Cross”


Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10, John 13:14-21 The wilderness is no place for the weak. Label the wilderness, like March Madness for favorites (one of the most solemn and joyful festivals in our liturgical calendar): Danger Zone. Moses’ sister, Miriam, soprano diva of Israel, died there. His brother Aaron, stripped of his priestly vestments, died there. […]

March 4, 2018: “Commandments and a Temple”


The season of Lent invites us to turn inward and reflect on the depth of human sin. The Exodus reading reminds us forcefully that we are far too casual about God’s commandments and so apt to change commandments, temples, and churches into objects of our own idolatry. The fourth gospel’s account of Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple […]

February 25, 2018: “How Not to be Satan”


Legend says that as Shoeless Joe Jackson was leaving the courthouse during the trial of the Chicago Black Sox, as they were known, a young boy begged of him, “Say it ain’t so, Joe.” Well, Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, […]

February 11, 2018: “We Preach”


2 Kings 2:1-12 As Elijah disappears in a whirlwind, Elisha is now on his own. Our story has a prequel: One day, years earlier, Elijah passed by Elisha and threw his mantle over him. Pay attention to this mantle because it is everything to everyone ever touched or called. Let’s suppose that one Sunday morning, […]

February 4, 2018: “A Troubled Preacher!”


A preacher gravitates between wanting to be the beloved pastor and the one who is in trouble if he doesn’t preach the gospel. Talk about a difficult place to be stuck. How about these apples: In trouble with God if the preacher doesn’t preach the gospel; in trouble with the congregation if the preacher does […]

January 28, 2018: “Knowledge and Love”


The church at Corinth looks like a bunch of battling Baptists. One day, while Paul is out of town preaching a revival, he gets a letter from Corinth riddled with complaints. “Pastor, some members think they are more spiritual than others. Some think they are smarter than others. Pastor, what do we do?” Slice and […]