Sermons by “The Rev. Canon Victor Lee Austin, Ph.D.”

Traditional Service, “How Can God Love Me?”

How do we know God loves us? Because he speaks to us — which he didn’t have to do. Lovers, after all, must communicate.

Traditional Service, “He Set His Face”

Jesus “set his face” to go to Jerusalem, which is a key to understanding almost all of Luke’s gospel: the point of Jesus’ life was to go to the place of his death, resurrection, and ascension. But how did the people know Jesus’ face was set? How could they tell? Faces are like sacraments: outward and visible signs of something that’s inward and spiritual and deep.

Traditional Service, “Who Says I Have Sinned?”

Hold off judgment: in the parable of the prodigal son, that no one tells that son he is a sinner. It is only he who says it of himself. And at that moment, he has hope for a way back–and grace appears even beyond his hope.

Traditional Service, “Can We – Should We – Begin Again?”

If you want to begin again, you can, you can do it any day and every day. Give thanks to God. That thanksgiving will lead you to love, and that love will lead you to action grounded in the hope that is in Christ Jesus, who will come again.