October 31, 2017

Tiny Desk Sermon: All Saints Sunday, Revelation 7:9-17 (Zombie Apocalypse Edition)

This is my impromptu reflection on the lectionary texts for All Saints Sunday, November 5, 2017.

Revelation 7:9-17

9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
 “Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12singing,
 “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
 and thanksgiving and honor
 and power and might
 be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15For this reason they are before the throne of God,
  and worship him day and night within his temple,
  and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
16They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
  the sun will not strike them,
  nor any scorching heat;
17for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
  and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
 and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

October 26, 2017

Tiny Desk Sermon: Reformation 500, John 8:31-36

An impromptu reflection on the lectionary texts for the coming Sunday, October 29, 2017, by Rev. Michael Coffey, pastor of First English Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas.


October 16, 2017

Tiny Desk Sermon: Proper 24 A, Matthew 22:15-22


An impromptu reflection on the lectionary texts for the coming Sunday, October 22, 2017, by Rev. Michael Coffey, pastor of First English Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas.

Matthew 22:15-22
Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap [Jesus] in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

October 2, 2017

Tiny Desk Sermon: Proper 22 A, Matthew 21:33-46

An impromptu reflection on the lectionary texts for the coming Sunday, October 8, 2017, by Rev. Michael Coffey, pastor of First English Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas.