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Sermons by David Martyn

Easter – April 1, 2018

Sermon “Afraid?” Ever been afraid? • I have. From the very first monster under my bed to preparing for this sermon—I have been afraid. Now you all know about monsters under the bed, but you may not know about the fear of sermon prep. It began when one person in the congregation told me after…

Lent 5 – March 18, 2018

Sermon “Need a New Heart?” I worry about the state of my heart. Now I need to explain that this is not some abstract metaphor for my spiritual condition or my moral conduct, I mean this in a completely literal sense. The heart I worry about is that part of me that works 24/7, pumping…

Lent 4 – March 11, 2018

Sermon “How Much is Your Life Worth?” Nicodemus appears three times in John’s story of Jesus. He is first of all the Pharisee who comes in the cover of darkness to ask three questions. First, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs…

Lent 3 – March 4, 2018

Sermon “Time to Repent” Lent is a good time to repent. Repent simply means to be sorry and to change one’s ways. Sounds simple enough—just say “sorry” and “I won’t do it again” and that’s it—instant salvation. The reality is—it’s not so easy. So, this morning I would like to confess a sin that I…

Lent 2 – February 25, 2018

Sermon “Get in Line” John Dominic Crossan defines the essence of Jesus’ ministry this way: heal the sick, eat with them, announce the kingdom. When I first heard Crossan say this, I said to myself, “finally a Biblical scholar saying that we need to have more potluck suppers.” In case you didn’t know I love…

Lent 1 – February 18, 2018

Last year my favourite theologian died—Leonard Cohen. One of his songs is always appropriate during lent. “Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” When ever I read this text “just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart” I…

Epiphany 3 – January 21, 2018

Sermon “Holy War” Amanullah Haider, an Afghan suicide bomber left a video of his last words before he took the lives of 12 soldiers. His was just one of many suicide attacks over the past decades in that country. In the 1980s there was an average of three a year, in the 1990’s one a…

Epiphany 2 – January 14, 2018

Sermon “Fearfully, Wonderfully Made” Do you remember the signs that were put onto buses— “There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” That was actually an ad campaign that started in England, where the organizers had aimed to raise £5,500, or about $10,000, to put ads on 30 London buses. Instead,…

Baptism of Jesus – January 7, 2018

Sermon “Living on the Edge” Jean Paul wrote, “I voyaged through the world, I climbed into the suns and flew along the Milky Way through the wastelands of heaven, but there was no God. I climbed down…and peered into the abyss and cried out: Father, where are you? But all I heard was an eternal…

Epiphany

Sermon “The Journey Begins” I have a Christmas Crèche collection. It began with one from Peru that was a gift to me from a friend that teaches Political Science at the University. That was the beginning, so with each country Lynda and I visited there were only two items I looked for: a new golf…