I don’t often post sermons here, as I don’t preach sermons very often. But this morning I had the pleasure of preaching at St Andrew’s in the beautiful little city of Port Isabel.
Thought I would share the sermon, and here it is.
This sermon is for the Fourth Sunday of Lent (year cycle A), and the passages are 1 Samuel 16:1–13 and John 9:1–41. Those are the passages for Samuel finding and anointing David and Jesus healing the man born blind.
This is the last of six lectures I gave at Christ Church in San Antonio in Sep/Oct of 2016.
In this lecture I talk about how the church handled the transition from being a persecuted church of the martyrs to being a church with imperial permission and then imperial favor.
We explore how church leaders dealt with a large influx of converts whose motives were not always entirely sincere, and the initiative of St Antony of the Desert who asked, what would Jesus do? And then, he did it, imitating Jesus of Nazareth in poverty, chastity, and obedience.