The Sunday Sermon: The 500th anniversary of the reformation

Soli Deo Gloria! Today, our past, present and future meet, as we commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, that began in earnest when a young Augustinian monk, Dr. Martin Luther, posted 95 theological points that he wanted to dispute, within the Catholic Church that he served –points on which he thought the church … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: A Bonhoeffer Moment?

Proper 24A, October 22, 2017 St. Paul’s Cathedral, San Diego Ex. 33: 12-23; Matt 22:15-22 In the gospel for today, the Pharisees set up a trap for Jesus. It’s a trap many of us find ourselves in today. They want Jesus to choose between church and state. Because Jesus has been critical of the religious … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: The Danger of Shiny Objects

It’s a well-worn story line: a partner in a relationship disappears without trace. Time passes, and the partner left behind eventually moves on with his or her life, perhaps remarrying or pursuing a different lifestyle. But then the missing partner returns, and drama ensues. We’ve all read books and seen movies with some variation of … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: The Easy Yoke

It was a chilly February evening in Alexandria, Virginia. The church was full and warm. I knelt before the bishop, and my priestly colleagues gathered around me. Warm hands pressing down on my head, my shoulders, my back. Bishop Theuner began the ordination prayer, and at the appropriate moment, all others lifted their hands while … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Vida Joven Day

This year, and I hope every year, we are focussed on community. Here at St. Paul’s Cathedral we are focussing on not just the idea of community, but of incorporating community in our daily and church lives in a very real way. And we have the perfect example of operating in community today, for we … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: A journey of vulnerability

The​ ​Rev.​ ​Cn.​ ​Jeff​ ​Martinhauk  Proper​ ​20A,​ ​September​ ​24,​ ​2017  St.​ ​Paul’s​ ​Cathedral,​ ​San​ ​Diego  Matt​ ​14:22-33 The​ ​gospel​ ​lesson​ ​for​ ​today​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​my​ ​favorites.​ ​​ ​When​ ​I​ ​worked​ ​in​ ​pastoral​ ​care​ ​in​ ​the hospital,​ ​I​ ​have​ ​to​ ​admit​ ​it​ ​was​ ​one​ ​of​ ​my​ ​frequent​ ​go-to​ ​passages​ ​in​ ​hospital​ ​visits.​ ​​ ​A​ ​visit​ … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Crossing the Sea to Life

If I were the kind of preacher who used visual aids, I would start this sermon by displaying a picture taken at Bayshore Beach in Tampa, last weekend. It showed the view looking out to sea from the beach. But there was no sea to see. Hurricane Irma, just offshore, had sucked the water away … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: Unhooked, unbound and the journey of freedom

Proper 18A St. Paul’s Cathedral, 8a, 10.30a 10 September 2017 Happy New Year! School has started, and families with younger children are learning new rhythms and negotiating new schedules. Our calendars may say the New Year is still months away, but our Jewish colleagues begin their observation 10 days from now. The story of Passover … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: A Journey into Grace

Matthew​ ​16:21-28  Have​ ​you​ ​ever​ ​noticed​ ​that​ ​in​ ​the​ ​movies,​ ​the​ ​hero​ ​always​ ​gets​ ​begged​ ​not​ ​to​ ​go​ ​and​ ​save everybody? “No,​ ​its​ ​too​ ​dangerous​ ​Superman–​ ​they’ve​ ​got​ ​Kryptonite.” “No,​ ​Captain​ ​Kirk​ ​-​ ​Jim,​ ​you​ ​can’t​ ​do​ ​it,​ ​they’ll​ ​kill​ ​you.” “James​ ​(as​ ​in​ ​James​ ​Bond),​ ​please​ ​don’t​ ​do​ ​go,​ ​I​ ​can’t​ ​stand​ ​to​ ​lose​ … READ MORE…

The Sunday Sermon: the keys of heaven

Today we hear the story from the Gospel of Matthew of Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Messiah, the son of the living God, and how Jesus responds to this confession by giving Peter the “keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.” This story might conjure up images of Jesus, tossing the keys to his beloved … READ MORE…

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