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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For Times Such as These
Guest preacher Daisy L. Machado issues a call to action in this chapel sermon delivered during the Teaching the Borderlands Conference. The Scripture reading was Esther 4:10-17.

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David White preaches on the ability of humor to change one's perspective. The Scripture readings were Psalm 16 and John 20:19-31.

The Companions
For the first chapel after Easter, Melissa Wiginton ponders who she would have been if she been among those walking to Emmaus. The Scripture reading was Luke 24:32-33.

Maundy Thursday
Dave Jensen preaches on Maundy Thursday, calling us to peace, love, and humanization of those who we would regard as "other," or enemies. The Scripture reading was John 13:1-35.

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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