Princeton University Religious Life

Sermon Archive

2010-11 Sermons

We invite you to reflect upon these sermons, offered at the Sunday morning service at the Princeton University Chapel. We hope that you find them to be a resource to you in your own spiritual journey.

November 7, 2010

I can sympathize with Jesus, I think, in what he is experiencing at the beginning of our passage from Luke. The Sadducees, the religious tradionalists of his day, are trying to trap him into saying something that they can use against him. I experience this kind of thing – I bet many of us do in our own ways. For me, it is the email message from a person, perhaps on campus, perhaps someone far away whom I’ve never heard of but who has been looking at our Religious...

October 24, 2010

Sometimes tragedy wakes people up. Sometimes. The tragedy of 9/11 woke some Americans –slammed to our knees in despair – to notice that so many in the world are always on their knees –subjected to violence, to grief, or constant hunger and immiseration. That tragedy woke some to understanding what truly to value in their lives. I think of the first responder in Lower Manhattan who encountered a businessman who looked aimless and stunned...

October 17, 2010

What Jesus says is, of course, important! “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing,” he says. He had just emerged, according to the Evangelist Luke, just emerged from the wilderness and his temptations by the devil there. His encounter with evil had only made him stronger. He immediately goes to his hometown of Nazareth – he will commence his ministry at home – his first public utterance is to read from Isaiah, and his first unscripted/unscriptured word is “today.” [Fred...

September 26, 2010

A little over a year ago a British politician (I don’t remember who) announced that, in the morass of the global economic freefall, there were now “green shoots” beginning to appear - after many months of financial devastation, a few sprouts of new life were coming up in the economic wasteland of grey brambles. It was a phrase that was picked up by many people in a number of countries - it was an idea that all certainly wanted to be true, but more so it was...

September 12, 2010

Each summer, my family looks forward to having some weeks of vacation time, all together, in beautiful Downeast Maine. On the first Saturday of August each year, the little white clapboard Congregational church that we attend there has its annual Church Fair. It is a much anticipated event by many in the region, particularly for its renowned yard sale. Bargains galore! It opens at 8:00 a.m.