Trinity Episcopal Church Lawrence, Kansas (sermons)

This sermon has an admittedly inflammatory title, especially for a sermon on Gun Violence Awareness Sunday, but Fr. Rob is speaking as a progressive and advocate for eliminating gun violence, especially in our schools.  In this case, he is talking about four things he sees liberal, progressive advocates opposed to the proliferation of guns and gun violence in our society sometimes making as they seek to advance their cause.  Those four things are


1. basic ignorance about firearms
2. unrealistic, intractable stances on the issues
3. a tendency to demonize their ideological opponents
4. a failure to vote

He concludes with comments towards clergy who may be hesitant to engage in the issue of guns and our society in their home parishes.

This sermon has already received a lot of feedback, some critical, some positive, and Fr. Rob welcomes conversation about the issued raised in it.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached on June 3, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Lawrence at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0292.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:52am EDT

Why get to know God?  Or rather, why share our own knowledge of God with people outside the Church?  Is it the promise of salvation, or something more close to home?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on April 29, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0290.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT

Fr. Rob shares the story of being present on the last day before a church in rural Missouri closes as a way to talk about death and the Resurrection, and how that applies to more than just our eternal souls.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0287.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

"Who will roll away the stone from the tomb for us?"  Mary and the other women head for Jesus' tomb, but are already anticipating failure.  We try to find God, but often place obstacles in our own way, anticipating our own failures.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at the Easter Vigil, March 31, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0286.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

Many people have a visceral aversion to having their feet washed on Maundy Thursday, but our feet tell so much of our life story.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on Maundy Thursday, March 29, 2018.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0285.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:53am EDT

When the disciples claim a colt for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, someone had to say that it was all right for them to do so.  That colt's owner must have had questions, but still decided to do what God asked.  How can he help us find the courage to do the same?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Palm Sunday, March 25th at 10:30 AM.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0284.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

As we approach Palm Sunday and Holy Week, Father Rob reflects on the necessity of the crucifixion.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on March 18, 2018 at the 6:00 PM service.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0283.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:14am EDT

Tradition and traditionalism, and the role it plays in alternatively enticing and driving away newcomers is the theme of this sermon and how Jesus' violent actions in the temple illustrate that point.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 4, 2018. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0281.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:38pm EDT

What does it mean to have a life in which one is carrying a cross and walking the path of Jesus Christ?  This is a crucial question, given that Jesus explicitly states we must do that to be one of his disciples.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 25, 2018.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_281.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:28pm EDT

For something to be tempting, you actually have to want it.  For Jesus to be tempted in the wilderness, he had to overcome what we face on a daily basis.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 18, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0279.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:05pm EDT