Trinity Episcopal Church Lawrence, Kansas (sermons)

It is fun to think about how various miracles might have happened, but the real joy in thinking about stories like the feeding of the five thousand or Jesus walking on the water is realizing how many different ways God can perform miracles in our lives.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on July 26, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:41am EST

On July 19, the Gospel reading skips a story mid-passage about God's abundant love.  How often do we look over the moments in which God is providing for us?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on July 19, 2015. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0159.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:37am EST

Jesus himself struggled with proclaiming the Gospel to people who knew him well.  What hope do we have when it comes to reaching out and evangelizing those who are closest to us?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on July 5, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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It is easy to ask for help when the need is publically supported, but what about when you are fearful or ashamed?  Fr. Rob gets into some detail about the backstory of the hemorrhagic woman touching Jesus' clothes, and the good news to be found in Jesus' response.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on June 28, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0153.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Fr. Rob addresses the shooting at Emmanuel AME Church, our questions to God in moments like these, and more importantly God's questions to us.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on June 21, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0152.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:22am EST

Fr. Rob shares his experiences at the Diocesan Mega Camp from the previous week and the theme of what it means to be an Episcopalian, and touches on how important ministry to children is.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on June 7, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0150.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Fr. Rob celebrates Trinity Sunday by exploring why the little-understood theology is important, but also how we should treat people who struggle with the concept of the Trinity.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on May 31, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0149.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:45pm EST

Jesus suggests that as Christians we are intended to make Jesus' joy complete.  How does really accepting that description affect our own sense of ministry?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on May 17, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0147.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:18pm EST

While the Episcopal Church seems pretry comfortable expecting the Holy Spirit in the confines of its sacramental rites, how is it when it comes to looking for it outside of the expected?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on May 10, 2015 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0146.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:09pm EST

Fr. Rob asked the question, if Jesus is the good shepherd, then who are the hired hands who run away, the "bad shepherds" if you will?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on April 26, 2015. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0144.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

Jesus said, "Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit."  Hortaculture aside, what is the pruning and how does it promote ministry?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on May 3, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0145.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:22pm EST

Father Rob critiques the toxic cycle of faith based on doctrinal belief, and the dependency on signs that often accompany it, and advocates for a living, growing faith based on a developing relationship with God (and what all this has to do with the story of Thomas and the resurrection).

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on April 12, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0142.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:53am EST

It is time for you to get off the dead, worthless wood of the cross of misery upon which you have been hanging for years and live in the life of Jesus' cross and resurrection.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0141.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:24am EST

What was the worst thing Jesus suffered in the crucifixion?  Betrayal?  Slander?  Torture?  Death?  Fr. Rob argues the worst thing Jesus suffered was his separation of God, and talks about our own use of the expression "going through Hell."

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Good Friday, April 3, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0140.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:14am EST

Father Rob explains how to live the greatest life you can (and have a wonderful eulogy at your funeral).

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Maundy Thursday, April 2, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0139.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:18am EST

Fr. Rob approaches a seemingly off-center topic--Satan and who or what he thinks Satan is--as a way of unpacking the Palm Sunday and crucifixion story of Jesus Christ.  It is an unusual take on a familiar, if not well understood, figure in the Christian cosmology.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0138.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:35pm EST

In addition to the repenting of our individual sins, Jesus' actions in the Temple call us to repent as a Church for the many ways we put up roadblocks in front of people seeking God through our own community of faith.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 8, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:10pm EST

Aside from literal martyrdom, how to Christians experience the "losing of one's life" that Jesus suggests that all must do in order to take up their cross and follow him?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 1, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0135.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:28pm EST

Using a technique for tidying up the clutter of one's home, Father Rob explores how we can find closure with some of the root causes of our temptation in our lives.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 15, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by visiting us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TrinityLawrenceKS

Direct download: 702_0134.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

When does our own familiarity and comfort with worship get in the way of helping newcomers?  Paul's lesson about eating meat from pagan temples provides a helpful guideline when it comes to doing what's right for those who are new to the faith.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 1, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0130.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Despite the lectionary's choice of just featuring a small passage from the book of Jonah concerning the people of Nineveh, Father Rob argues that the true story of the book is Jonah and his relationship to God, and how that priority plays out in our own sense of ministry.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on January 25, 2015 at Trinity Episcopal Church.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0129.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:42pm EST

Guest preacher Rob Schwaller discusses the call stories of Samuel and Nathanael and talks about how the church needs to encourage a sense of a call to ministry for all people, not just members of the clergy.

This podcast is from Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 18, 2015. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or https://www.facebook.com/TrinityLawrenceKS

Direct download: 702_0128.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:59pm EST

Father Rob shares three reasons why Episcopalians should be more open about being  a Christian and a participant in a church, and three ways to do so that don't come across as uncomfortably agressive or hostile.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 11, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www. trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0127.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:47pm EST

Fr. Rob talks about adoption in this podcast of his sermon from January 4, 2015.  By understanding what compels us to welcome new members (especially dogs) into our homes and families, we can understand not only how God feels about us, but how we should be feeling about other people as well.

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

Direct download: 702_0126.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:14pm EST

While Father Rob is on vacation, Deacon Steve Segebrecht takes time to discuss issues of grieving and social justice the Sunday after Christmas.

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

Direct download: 702_0125.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:16am EST

The season of Pentecost concludes with the last of three parables from Jesus, all following a common theme, namely the peril of inactivity on the part of disciples of Christ.  But what causes this inactivity?  Fr. Rob looks into the root causes of our failure to act in this podcast, which is a recording of the sermon he preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 23, 2014.

Direct download: 702_0120.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:47am EST

In the challenge by the Pharisees regarding the paying of taxes to Caesar, are we more interested in figure out what is Caesar's, or what is God's?  In particular, how much of that part of us that is notably made in God's image is given to God regularly?

This podcast is a sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on October 19, 2014.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0118.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:46pm EST

How does a person who maintains a belief in a loving, forgiving God reconcile that image with the wrathful, judgmental God portrayed at times in the Old and New Testament?  Father Rob talks about the reality of damnation in the face of God's grace and love in this week's podcast/sermon.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on October 12, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0117.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:01pm EST

Deacon Steve Segebrecht shares experiences from this year's Kansas to Kenya (K2K) trip and a message of hope about how some of the difficult experiences of our lives can be transformed through God's grace into gifts and strength.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by Dcn. Steve Segebrecht at Trinity Episcopal Church on September 7, 2014.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0114.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:36am EST

In any human relationship, conflict is unavoidable.  How we deal with conflict, particularly as a community of Christian adults, not only affects the parties involved, but the community and the world.  

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 7, 2014.  You can learn more about Trinity Church by visiting www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0113.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:17pm EST

How do we understand Jesus' statement to Peter about "binding" and "loosing" things in heaven and on earth?  And how does a fairly elaborate allegory about DC and Marvel comic books have to do with it?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on August 24, 2014.

Direct download: 702_0111.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:44am EST

So often the focus of the story of Jesus' walking on the water was Peter's failure and Jesus' rebuke of having "little faith."  Fr. Rob takes a different tack (no pun intended) and instead wonders if Jesus might just have been referencing not Peter's failed miracle, but his reaction to it.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached on August 10, 2014 by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

Direct download: 702_0110.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:19pm EST

How does Jacob, a middle-aged man, manage to wrestle God for an entire day and win?  More importantly, why?  Fr. Rob explains how he things they whole thing was as rigged as a professional wrestling match, and what that means for us.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on August 3, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Church.

Direct download: 702_0109.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

Passing judgement on other people is something that Christians have been doing for centuries with great zeal.  How did we miss this critical message from the Gospels to avoid doing just that, and what are the consequences?

Direct download: 702_0108.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:53pm EST

The question of the consequences of discipleship is one that is touched on in many places in the New Testament, and in this sermon Fr. Rob talks particularly about Jesus' references to the potention for conflict within ones own family.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on June 15, 2014.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0106.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:34pm EST

"What does the Holy Spirit feel like?"  That question was posed to Fr. Rob as he began preparations for preaching on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the arrival of the Holy Spirit on the Church.  Fr. Rob explores the answer by sharing his own experiences of the Holy Spirit, and how it influences all of us.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on June 1, 2014 Pentecost Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

Direct download: 702_0105.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:35am EST

Fr. Rob revisits the topic of prayer as he explores Jesus' prayer for the disciples from the Gospel of John.  What can prayer look like, and how can we grow into a richer method of prayer in our lives?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, KS on June 1, 2014. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0104.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:38pm EST

As part of a city-wide ecumenical "preach in" on the topic of justice in our community, Fr. Rob explains the difference between "mercy ministries" and "justice ministries" and why the latter may provoke more resistance than the former.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on May 11, 2014.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0103.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:23pm EST

Fr. Rob Baldwin's Easter message includes a statement he says he got in a dream the night before, that the resurrection is "not a suitcase, but a staircase."  Fr. Rob explains what he means and goes into more detail about what it means to be the post-Easter church in this podcast, which is a recording of the sermon he preached Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0101.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:21pm EST

While the celebration of the masses in Jerusalem may have been mis-informed, our own celebration hopefully acknowledges a greater truth about what is important about this holiest of weeks.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0100.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:38am EST

Is anything--our dreams, our relationships, our connection to God, even our lives--ever completely dead?  Fr. Rob preaches on the story of the raising of Lazarus in this podcast from Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas from April 6, 2014.

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Direct download: 702_0099.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:50am EST

Much of the conversation in Lent is about seeking personal forgiveness from God.  But how does Church respond, or fail to respond, when that forgiveness is granted?  And what if forgiveness wasn't even needed?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 30, 2014.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0098.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:21pm EST

The Rev. Stephanie Jenkins, Campus Missioner for the Diocese of Kansas, speaks about the difficulties we encounter on our journey of faith just as both the Hebrew people in the wilderness and the Samaritan woman did.  This podcast is recording of her sermon at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 23, 2014. 

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

Direct download: 702_0097.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:54am EST

Temptation is everywhere, and resisting temptation is a common theme for the season of Lent.  The story of the temptation of Jesus shows us that the most compelling temptations are the ones that come wrapped the guise of legitimate need.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 9, 2014.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at our website, www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0096.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:49am EST

In conjunction with a city-wide initiative to preach on issues of ecological stewardship, Fr. Rob Baldwin looks at a passage from Deuteronomy which illustrates God's plan for how land should be used but not exploited.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 23, 2014.

You can learn more about Trinity Episcopal Church at our website, www.trinitylawrence.org of by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0094.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:14am EST

When does personal preference take on a spiritual connotation?  When do we start seeing our church beyond the people with which we worship?  Fr. Rob tackles a timely and relevant problem in the context of the church in Corinth in today's podcast.

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

Direct download: 702_0091.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:52pm EST

Why do we think that people don't want to hear about how much we enjoy going to Church, when we assume they want to hear about every other part of our lives (especially the good parts)?  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 19.  You can learn more about Trinity Church by going to our website www.trinitylawrence.org or by vising us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0090.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:49am EST

Context is everything, and the reading from the book of Acts on the first Sunday after Epiphany lacks it.  But when you see it in context, a broader message about the meaning of Epiphany becomes clear.  In this podcast of the sermon from January 12, Father Rob challenges you to be the revelation of Jesus to one person this Epiphany season.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0089.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:15am EST

You wake up on Sunday morning and the roads are terrible.  Or you're sick.  Or you're on vacation.  For whatever reason, what do you do when you can't go to Church?  Fr. Rob explores this topic on a snowy Sunday morning on January 5, 2013 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can find out more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0088.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:06pm EST

As Father Rob went through the Christmas season, he spent a lot of time thinking about pain, frustration, and recovery.  This got him thinking a lot about Christmas and what the birth of Christ really means for us, in particular the question of how God feels about human suffering.

The podcast is a recording of the sermon the Rev. Rob Baldwin preached on Christmas Eve, 2013, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas. You can learn more about Trinity Church by going to its website, www.trinitylawrence.org or by following it on Facebook.  

Direct download: 702_0086.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:53pm EST

Most people, even outside of the Church, are familiar with the story of the birth of Christ and the claim of a "Virgin birth."  But there's also two other aspects to this story which are both pivotal and informative for the Church as we consider our own role in bringing Christ into the world.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 22, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at our website, www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0085.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:12pm EST

In this podcast Fr. Rob talks about Advent, alternative universes, and what John the Baptist might say to us today.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Decmeber 8, 2013. 

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.com or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0084.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:36am EST

Fr. Rob weighs in on the "Advent vs. Lent" controvery (or non-controversy) by talking about his interpretation of the season as a period of bittersweet longing and hope in the inevitable.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawerence, Kansas on December 1, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0083.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:46am EST

The Gospel lesson for Christ the King Sunday features two thieves, each responding in their own way to the notion that the person being crucified with them was a sort of king.  How do their responses help us understand how we respond to the notion of Jesus as King, and on which side do we tend to fall?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Sunday, November 24, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0081.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:13pm EST

Haggai is not the best known prophet of the Old Testament, nor is his work well known.  But his message to a despairing and depressed people returning from exile could hold some value for the Church today as they struggle with their own sense of lost glory.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 10, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0080.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:12pm EST

In addition to making requests for our own needs to a God that is thankfully more receptive than a corrupt judge, there are other ways in which are called to pray constantly as an act of faith.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on October 20, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church by going to www.trinitylawrence.org or by visiting us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0078.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:14pm EST

Jesus' analogy of a mustard seed as a sufficient quantity of faith is wonderful, but Fr. Rob wonders if it might help to think of faith in another way to see what Jesus is getting at.    This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on October 6, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0077.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:59am EST

Fr. Rob thinks much of the consternation of the "Parable of the Dishonest Steward" is because readers tend to see parables in a pretty narrow paradigm of understanding.  Once that's gone, not only does the story make more sense, but it also opens up for us a message about another steward-related word: stewardship.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at the 6:00 PM service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 22, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0076.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:24am EST

After several weeks of hard-hitting messages from Jesus about how we are supposed to live as disciples of Christ, the tone changes and Jesus talks about what happens when we fail.  Also, Father Rob uses a roller-derby inspired story in a sermon for the first time.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawerence, Kansas on September 15, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0075.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:15am EST

What is one of the limiting factors on our ability to empathize with those in need?  Maybe it is our unwillingness to help those who are not close to us.  It is for this reason that the author of the book of Hebrews suggests that imagination is an important element of discipleship.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 1, 2013.  You can learn about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0072.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

While we rarely have the dramatic experiences that certain figures from the Bible had, or the dramatic incidences that frequently form the bulk of other famous Christian's stories, we have been given a wonderful, if subtle and sublime gift of the Kingdom of God.  That gift manifests itself like a kaleidoscope, transforming the normal and mundane into something beautiful.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on August 25, 2013.

You can learn more about Trinity Church by going to www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0071.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:21am EST

Deacon Steve Segebrecht talks about faith and the important of mission work while sharing stories of this year's trip to Kenya through the K2K program.  Our apologies regarding the less-than-perfect audio quality of this recording.  

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org, you can also learn more about K2K at www.kansastokenya.com

Direct download: 702_0070.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:33am EST

A late-night disturbance provides Fr. Rob Baldwin with a potent insight into Jesus' instruction to the disciples about prayer.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on July 28, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0068.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:46pm EST

A story that is often considered a commentary on different kinds of ministry is also a story about two sisters and how they relate to one another.  Or rather, how they struggle to relate to one another, and that's a valuable lesson for us in the Church.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on July 21, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0067.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

The story of the Good Samaritan has permeated much of the public's consciousness, and is familiar with most Christians, but the story's deep Jewish cultural nuances aren't always known.  Fr. Rob details some "behind the scenes" elements to the story and reveals a message even more radical than some may suspect.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on July 14, 2013 at Trinity Episcopal Church.  You can learn more about Trinity Church by going to our website www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0066.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:33pm EST

On the 4th of July weekend Fr. Rob tackles the issues regarding the relationships between religion, government, and ethics.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on July 7, 2013.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0065.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:35pm EST

As Paul makes his case for his ministry to the people of Galatia, we are reminded that everyone, not just the clergy, have a call to a form of ministry within the Church.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on June 9, 2013.

You can learn more about Trinity Church my going to our website at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0063.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:50pm EST

You can't be the rector of Trinity Church and choose to hand-wave the doctrine of the Trinity away on Trinity Sunday.  But rather than unfold the mystery of the Trinity, Fr. Rob explains how important the doctrine is for our experiencing the fullness of the Gospel, the good news of Christ.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on May 26, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0061.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:47am EST

Pentecost Sunday is recognized as the "birthday of the Church," the annual remembrance of the gift of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus' followers to continue his work in the world.  On this Pentecost Sunday, Fr. Rob reflects on what message we should give to both the members of the Church and the rest of the world about what the Church means for all of us.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on May 19, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0060.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:40am EST

Details about the afterlife are few and far between in Scripture, but the book of Revelation has a description of the New Jerusalem as seen by its author, John.  What overarching impressions can we gain from his depiction of that holy city, and what can that tell us about what Heaven might be like?  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on May 5, 2013 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0059.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Praying for others, or more to the point, being prayed for by others is the theme of this podcast, a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence Kansas on April 28, 2013.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at our website, www.trinitylawrence.org, or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0058.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:20am EST

The term "peace" appears frequently in our worship, and there's a moment in every service dedicated to its sharing among the members of the congregation.  But what does it mean, especially in the context of Jesus' greeting of the disciples?  What are the first steps in realizing peace in our world?  

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on April 7, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0056.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:13am EST

The world needs Easter because the world needs hope.  But what does hope mean, especially in the context of our own lives?  And what superhero did Fr. Rob dream of becoming as a child?  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0055.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:48am EST

On Palm Sunday, the crowds play a central role to both the Palm Sunday procession into Jerusalem and the Passion story that follows in our Palm Sunday liturgy.  But how do we understand that role, and their change, especially as it applies to our own relatonship to those events?  And how did Fr. Rob's fasting turn out this Lenten season.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the 6:00 PM service at Trinty Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0054.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:55am EST

When Jesus visited the home of Mary and Martha in Bethany, Mary annointed Jesus' feet with costly perfume.  But she also had a moment of complete connection and closeness to God, what could be called "The Holy Now."  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Susan Terry at the 6:00 PM service on March 17, 2013 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0053.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:30pm EST

The focus on the Prodigal Son leaves out the son that Jesus intended his audience to identify with--a faithful, mostly obedient son who struggles with his father's willingness to forgive people.  Today, many of us share in that struggle.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on March 10, 2013 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0052.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:31am EST

This last Sunday was "Brown Bag Sermon Day" when Fr. Rob answers questions from the congregation.  There were many questions at the 10:30 service, including "why should Anglicans care about who becomes the new Pope?" and "what is one thing you wish Trinity had?"  You can learn more about Trinity Church by going to www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0050.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:11am EST

In Scripture Abraham is thought of as one of the most faithful figures in the Old Testament.  But what does his beliefs and actions tell us about what faith truly is?  Fr. Rob outlines two aspects of faith--the willingness to risk and the belief in God's plan over our own objections--in this podcast, which is a recording of the sermon preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 24, 2013.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0049.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:08am EST

People are told many reasons why they should attend church, usually on the grounds that bad things will happen to you if you don't.  Ash Wednesday, in a roundabout way, reminds us of a good reason to go to church.  Fr. Rob Baldwin explains what that is, along with a odd reference to "Driving Miss Daisy" in this podcast which is a recording of his sermon preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 13, 2013.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0047.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:38am EST

Transfiguration Sunday stands on the cusp between the seasons of Epiphany and Lent, and appropriately so because we move from seeing Jesus' revelation as the son of God to the disciples to an interest in our own transformation in Lenten season.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on February 10, 2013 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas. 

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0046.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:02pm EST

Fr. Rob Baldwin concludes his three-part sermon series on developing an Epiphany discipline by talking about how the ways we look for things that are lost parallels the processes, and obstacles, to developing a closer relationship with God.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 27, 2013.

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0015.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:58pm EST

Trying to grow spiritually is a lot like starting a search for something that has been lost.  How can techniques for finding lost things serve as a model for spiritual growth?  It all depends on how you start.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 13, 2013.  

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0040.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:07am EST

Rather than just think of Epiphany as "Ordinary Time," why not treat it like Lent and adopt a discipline focused on gaining a greater understanding of God and recognizing God's presence in your life?  Fr. Rob begins a sermon series on growing ones spiritual understanding in Epiphany in this podcast, which is a recording of his sermon preached at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 6, 2013.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0039.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:50pm EST

Why do we celebrate the day before Christmas, in addition to the day itself.  Fr. Rob thinks that it is because so much of what makes Christmas important came before the birth of Christ.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on December 24, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0037.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:56pm EST

For two Sundays in a row, Trinity celebrated the baptism of new members.  Fr. Rob talks about why he (and at least one other priest in Joplin, Missouri) thinks we should be doing more in Advent.

This is podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on December 23, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0036.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:17pm EST

We are doing four baptisms in Advent this Advent season for a variety of reasons, few of which accord with traditional Episcopal piety.  But what a gift to see our baptismal covenant this Sunday, after the week we had.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 17, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0035.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:10pm EST

The crazy coot of the New Testament is an inevitable part of Advent.  But how do you reconcile wreaths, a stable, and all the other traditional iconography of the season with a vitriolic prophet straight out of the Old Testament?  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 9, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0034.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:54am EST

Westboro was back at Trinity Church, and what does this have to do with Advent anyways?  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church at the 6:00 PM service on December 2, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0032.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:07pm EST

Trinity celebrates All Saints Day by learning about the lives of different saints throughout history.  What will your story be?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at the 6:00 PM service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 4, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0030.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 8:06pm EST

The book of Job is one that provokes a strong response for many readers.  The story of a person who is afflicted with hardship raises strong existential questions about our faith and our experiences of life.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on October 28, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0028.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:43am EST

There is a pervasive anxiety in the Church about the future, an anxiety based in declining membership and cultural relevance.  It is anxiety manifested in magazine articles predicting the demise of the Church as an institution, in themes of conventions like "Walking by Faith," and in the sermon preached at Grace Cathedral the Friday of our Diocesan Convention where the preacher conveyed a question posed to him "Is there a place for me in the Church?"

It is to that question, and the anxiety beneath it, that Fr. Rob conveys a challenging but hopeful response from God.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on October 21, 2012.  

You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0027.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:48pm EST

Scott Gunn was right, Jesus' prohibition against divorce tempts us into extremes of universal acceptance and rejection of the dissolution of the marital relationship, but we are called instead into a dialogical examination of individual situations before making a decision.  That having been said, certain things deserve to be said up front and from the pulpit.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at the 6:00 PM service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence Kansas on October 7, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at our website www.trinitylawrence.org or by visiting us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0026.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:44pm EST

Like a Child: sermon by guest preacher Scott Gunn

The Rev. Scott Gunn, executive director of Forward Movement, talks to Trinity about the qualities of a child that might help bring into reality the Kingdom of God.  This sermon was preached at the 10:30 AM service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on October 7, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org and more about Forward Movement at forwardmovement.org

Direct download: 702_0025.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:24pm EST

In the Gospel of Mark, the disciples rebuke a man casting out demon's in Jesus' name.  Their motivations are suspect, and likely indicative of their own anxieties regarding their personal failures.  There is a lot of anxiety in the Episcopal Church about our own ability to continue to grow as faithful Christians; are we too spending too much time criticizing others for their success?  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 30, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by visiting our page on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0024.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:51pm EST

In this sermon Fr. Rob Baldwin goes into detail about the sin of envy, a "gateway sin" to greater things, what James has to say about it in his Epistle, and the ways in which we all fall prey to it in our lives.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 23, 2012.  You learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or follow us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0023.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:36am EST

Jesus, in his "I am the Bread of Life" teaching in the Gospel of John, seeks to distinguish himself and the covenant that he represents with past relationships that people have had with other, false gods.  Those same possible covenants continue to exist in our own day, under many guises.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on  August 7, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or check us out on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TrinityLawrenceKS

Direct download: 702_0020.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:48pm EST

Fr. Rob highlights a passage of scripture the creators of the lectionary didn't want to be heard during worship, and how this is illustrative of a larger culture of silence regarding the abuse of women.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on August 12, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or visit us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0019.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:16pm EST

When the crowds followed Jesus after the feeding of the multitudes, they came seeking something: more food, more rules, more signs.  But Jesus wanted to give them something even more than that.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on August 5, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, KS.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or follow us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0018.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:42pm EST

Fr. Rob recounts a true-life "loaves and fishes" story as a way of showing that small acts of faith can become an abundance for those in need.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on July 29, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0017.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:35am EST

In this sermon Fr. Rob discusses how our rush to assign blame can sometimes overshadow our ability to respond pastorally and in a Christian manner to the victims.  In addition, we should avoid the temptation to become sucked into the shooter's insanity.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on July 15, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0016.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:29am EST