Sermons By Alan Bentrup



Podcast by Alan Bentrup


  • A Failure of Imagination (a sermon for the Feast of St. Martin)

    14/11/2021 Duración: 25min

    What does the world need St. Martin’s to be? What does God want St. Martin’s to be? We aren’t the St. Martin’s of Ξfty years ago when those six families got together. We aren’t the St. Martin’s of 21 months ago before COVID. We aren’t even the St. Martin’s of four months ago before I moved here. We can’t be limited by the ideas of who we were, or even who we wanted to be, in those times and in those places. Because we are St. Martin’s, now. This time. This place. And we have to open our imaginations to what new thing Jesus might be calling us to be.

  • Walking in Love (A Sermon for Proper 26B - 2021)

    31/10/2021 Duración: 18min

    We’re called to love when it’s hard. We’re called to love when it might cost us something. We’re called to love when we don’t know how the journey will look. We’re called to love, period.

  • Following the Way (A Sermon for Proper 25B - 2021)

    24/10/2021 Duración: 19min

    This blind man could see that following the way of Jesus meant risking ridicule by shouting out. This blind man could see that following the way of Jesus meant giving up any thoughts of power. This blind man could see that following the way Jesus meant leaving behind everything he had.

  • Giving Up Stewardship

    10/10/2021 Duración: 16min

    Jesus is inviting the young man to give up relying on himself and instead become a disciple. To become part of something greater than he can imagine. To become part of something that will change the world. And Jesus is asking us to do the same thing.

  • God Hears Our Voice (a sermon for Proper 21B 2021)

    27/09/2021 Duración: 12min

    We’re about to baptize two babies. Their parents and Godparents will make some promises, the whole congregation will make some promises, and then these two little babies will be baptized. They didn’t do anything to deserve it, they don’t even yet know what it means. But God knows what it means. It means that they are, today, a child of God. They are, today, a sibling of all of us. And it means they have everything they need to follow Jesus. Sure, they’re going to grow and learn and do great things. But nothing they can learn or do will make them any more a part of God’s family. Nothing they can learn or do will ever make their voice more important to God.

  • Every Step of the Way (a sermon for the Feast of Philander Chase)

    22/09/2021 Duración: 16min

    Regardless of our career, our call is the same. Sometimes that journey will be scary. Sometimes that journey will be lonely. But we still must go. And like Bishop Chase...we know that Jesus is with us every step of the way.

  • I Wonder... (A Sermon for Proper 19B)

    15/09/2021 Duración: 17min

    I wonder if this new story can help us redefine our priorities to be more in line with those of Jesus…. I wonder if this new story can help us better see each other as brothers and sisters and siblings in Christ... I wonder if this new story can help us take God more seriously than we take ourselves… Everything we do here, from worship to formation to fellowship to service in the community, the purpose of all of this is to help us learn what it means to be followers of Jesus. I wonder what Jesus is going to teach us next…?

  • The Lord is Near (A Sermon for Proper 16B)

    22/08/2021 Duración: 15min

    Scripture doesn’t ever really give us an answer to the question of suffering. Scripture is full of stories of bad things happening to the righteous and the unrighteous, however we’d define those groups. Scripture is full of bad things happening to people that love God. We’re not promised a life free of suffering. We’re not promised a life free from heartbreak. But God does promise to draw near.

  • The Bread of Life (A Sermon for Proper 14B, 2021)

    08/08/2021 Duración: 10min

    When we feast on Jesus, we live differently. When we believe in Jesus, we live differently. When we trust in Jesus, we live differently. When we pattern our lives in the way of Jesus, we live differently.

  • A Worthy Calling (A Sermon for Proper 13B, 2021)

    01/08/2021 Duración: 16min

    I don’t think it’s a coincidence that this reading from Ephesians popped up today. This reading clearly lays out our job descriptions. What we’re called to do. God has called you all to be the people of St. Martin’s. God...through you...has called me to be your rector. God has called us...all of be the body of Christ in this part of the world. And I’m glad that we get to do this together.

  • Follow Jesus (a sermon for Proper 9B 2021)

    05/07/2021 Duración: 15min

    We need to follow Jesus...who calls us to leave our comfortable pews and serve. We need to follow Jesus...who calls us to tell the world the Good News that conquers death. We need to follow Jesus...who calls us to love our neighbor, even when our neighbor is hard to love. We need to follow Jesus, who calls us to dine with tax collectors, beggars, and sinners. We need to follow Jesus, who calls us to reach out to others across the boundaries of race, color, college football team, and anything other dividing wall we try to throw up.

  • Jesus’ Touch (A Sermon for Proper 8B, 2021)

    27/06/2021 Duración: 14min

    But, when Jesus touches the unclean thing, the power is reversed. This is the power of Jesus’ touch. To make that which the law declares as unclean to be clean. To take that which the world casts out and bring it back in.

  • Faith and Fear (A Sermon for Proper 7B, 2021)

    20/06/2021 Duración: 31min

    They didn’t know the whole plan. They just knew the next step Jesus was asking them to take: Get on the boat and cross the border that lies between what you know, where your comfort is, and that which is wholly other to you. Theirs was a response of faith, not fear.

  • More Than You Can See (A Sermon for Proper 6B 2021)

    13/06/2021 Duración: 12min

    In today’s parable, we’re invited to see how God is always at work in our lives, like a seed scattered upon the earth. As a seed does its seed thing, so the kingdom does its kingdom thing. We may not understand it. Outward appearances may even suggest God is absent. It may look like nothing is happening. We sleep and rise. We wait. We trust. We hope. We pray. We go about the ordinary work of life. Yet within that ordinariness, the life of God has already been planted in each one of us. One day it sprouts. It grows. The invisible becomes visible. The full harvest was always there, hidden in the seeds. It may have been invisible but it was never absent. We now see what has always been.

  • The Family Table (A Sermon for Proper 5B 2021)

    06/06/2021 Duración: 19min

    It’s alright if the world thinks you’re a little weird, because family even loves the weird ones.

  • For God So Loved... (a sermon for Trinity Sunday 2021)

    30/05/2021 Duración: 15min

    For God so loves Nicodemus. For God so loves you. For God so loves me. For God so loves the whole world...that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but may have eternal life.

  • Unlock the Doors (A Sermon for Pentecost)

    24/05/2021 Duración: 17min

    Jesus comes to us - behind any locked doors we try to put in the way- and gives us his peace. Then he gives us his power to do the kinds of things that mere humans can’t do, the kind of things that Jesus was doing. Things like defeating our own selΟshness, loving other people, tending to the sick and suΜering, breaking down walls of division, and reconciling the world.

  • Thresholds (A Sermon for Easter 7B, 2021)

    22/05/2021 Duración: 12min

    And what if we took our cue from Jesus? What if we came to the thresholds in our life trusting that Jesus Christ is with us. In the joy and in the sorrow. In the hope and in the despair. In the living and in the dying. Jesus is with us...always with the threshold. And we know that Easter is always on the other side.

  • There is Only Us (A sermon for Easter 5B, 2021)

    02/05/2021 Duración: 22min

    God’s love knows no boundary. God’s love knows no division. God’s love knows no “us” and “them.”

  • The Frightening Message of Easter

    18/04/2021 Duración: 19min

    What are we willing to risk?

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