2022-2023 Chapel Sermons


2022-2023 Chapel Sermons


Chapel sermons delivered at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary during the 2023-2023 academic year.

This year's chapel theme is "Breaking Open." Breaking Open is our community’s active and present work. In the educational space of the seminary, we break open Biblical texts, the history and traditions of the church, and language about God to expand and deepen our calls to ministry. Our space in Austin, our state, the country, and the world call us to break open our community to expand the love of God to all our neighbors. We gather to worship One whose life and word are broken open for us in love.

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Raising Lazarus Times Three
Timothy Lincoln considers the story of Lazarus from three different perspectives. The Scripture reading was John 11:1-45.

So Unlikely
Andrew Zirschky preaches on God's tendency to choose the underdog to bring grace into the world .

The Touch that Drives Away Fear
Phil Helsel preaches on the importance of human contact in pastoral care. The scripture reading was Matthew 17:1-9.

Abundant Life and Healing
Asante Todd cautions against approaching lent with a self-centered asceticism or a consumerist emphasis on scarcity, but rather on God's abundance. The Scripture reading was Matthew 4:1-11.

Lenten Trust
Considering mortality and the difficulties of congregational life, Jeannie Corbitt Cordana preaches on what it means to have trust in God amidst the uncertainties of this world. The Scripture readings were Isaiah 58:1-12, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10,…

Why Church (Synagogue, Mosque, Temple)
Bill Greenway preaches from Matthew 5, commenting on the caricature and scapegoating of all faith traditions in media and modern culture. He also articulates how the secular study of religion's insistence of a particular form of detached modern…

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Pamela Rivera preaches for the 2023 annual service in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invoking the image of a ripple in a pond, she calls everyone "to be a pebble, and cause a ripple" for social change.

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Rodney Caruthers uses the Parable of the Sower to generate three questions to examine how we should live a fruitful life . The Scripture reading was Luke 8:11-15.

Reimagining Crumbling Structures
Drawing from Jesus' prediction of the destruction of the Second Temple, João Chaves calls for hopeful reimagination in our current moment of change. The Scripture reading was Luke 21:5-19.

Then He Went Home
What does it mean to be home? To have a home? To leave your home? Donghyun Jeong preaches on the meaning of home on the context of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Scripture reading was Mark 3:19b-35
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