Trinity 15 Sermon, 2017
Matthew 6:24-34
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

Jesus says, “No one can serve two masters, for either he’ll hate the one and love the other, or he’ll be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Mt. 6:24).

This makes sense to us. And if we think about it, it makes sense because there are only two masters.

One is tolerant and understanding. He makes no demand other than that you try. He desires your happiness, supports you at every moment, and wants you to get what you deserve.

And the other master is Jesus.


Trinity 14 Sermon, 2017
Luke 17:11-19
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

Regarding leprosy. Thus says the Lord:

“When a person has on the skin of his body a swelling or an eruption or a spot, and it turns into a case of leprous disease on the skin of his body, then he shall be brought to [one of the priests], and the priest shall examine the diseased area on the skin of his body…” (Leviticus 13:2-3).

“…[And] if the eruption has spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean; it is a leprous disease” (Lev. 13:8).

“The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp” (Lev. 13:45-46).

First, the Law required the unclean to show themselves to the priests. The priests would determine cleanliness, make the right sacrifices, and send you on your way.

That’s the basis of Jesus’ command to the lepers in today’s Gospel.


The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity, 2016
Luke 10:23-37
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

To whom is the parable of the Good Samaritan told?

We must say that Jesus is speaking to the lawyer who desired to justify himself. It’s to him that Jesus replied.

But we must also say that this parable is for every Christian who needs to know how they have been loved by God and how they ought to love their neighbor.

To whom is the parable told—there’re only two options: Jesus speaks either to unrepentant sinners or repentant sinners.


Trinity 12 Sermon, 2017
Mark 7:31-37
Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt

Sign Language to hearing people, often makes zero sense.

And speaking loudly, overly enunciating every syllable, to a deaf person, often makes even less sense.

But when Jesus speaks in today’s Gospel lesson, He speaks to the deaf man, and it makes perfect sense.