Trinity Episcopal Church Lawrence, Kansas (sermons)

There are two dances in Sunday's lectionary: one is a ruthless, manipulative dance grounded in saliciousness and political intrigue; the other is an awkward, embarassing dance grounded in a celebration of God's promises.  Which speaks to our hearts, and to which do we choose to dance?  This 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

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Jesus didn't always succeed when it came to spreading his message, in fact in one instance things went pretty badly for him.  The problem he had is one we often have ourselves--the relationships with those closest to us.  So what's the solution?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on June 8, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TrinityLawrenceKS

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In the midst of rushing to save a terminally ill child, Jesus pauses to heal a chronic yet not physically seriously ill woman.  Her suffering has a different quality, and Jesus' willingness to spend a moment healing her shows us how we are to treat those whose sickness is largely social, not physical.

Now here's a bonus.  This recording is from the 8:00 AM service, and if you listen there is about a two second pause in the sermon. It's at that moment that a mentally ill homeless man enters the church, illustrating perfectly what the sermon is all about.  This sermon was preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on July 1, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Nicodemus goes to Jesus looking for something: insight, affirmation, answers.  Instead he gets a confusing and confrontational lesson about being born again.  How does his experience mirror our own faith life?  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on June 3, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, KS.  Please note that this is sermon Fr. Rob preached at the 8:00 AM service, not the one preached by the Rt. Rev. Dean Wolfe at the 10:30 AM service, which will be featured in a future podcast.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Upon hearing of Anna Quindlen's decision to leave the church, Fr. Rob had the opportunity to reflect on disassociated Christians, dependence and the meaning of Pentecost.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, KS on May 27, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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The above quote is from Gregory of Nazianzus, and appears on every week's bulletin for the Sunday evening service.  On occasion, things happen in the life of our parish that calls us to think about what that really means.  Putting faith into action is the topic of this sermon, preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on April 30, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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One of the most important responsibilities of the Church is also one of the most sacred moments where we encounter the Resurrected Jesus, namely at the moment of a person's death.  How we response to the invitation into a person's death is often how we both be and experience Christ.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on April 22, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Every year we hear about "doubting Thomas."  But what Thomas does isn't what we would call "doubt," but something very different. This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on April 15, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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On Palm Sunday we have the celebration of Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem juxtaposed with the story of Jesus' crucifixion.  Is this the cynicism of the Church, or a reminder that God's plans are not always what we would do if we were God.  This is a recording of the sermon preached on Palm Sunday, April 1, 2011 by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Abraham is remembered as a person of tremendous faith?  But what composed that faith, and how does that relate to us and our own understanding of what faith is?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 4, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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We begin Lent with the introduction of the covenant that exists between God and humanity.  But what is a covenant, and what does it mean for us?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 26, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Throughout human history, and certainly in the Bible, mountaintops have held a special appeal as sacred places of divine revelation.  But what is the real appeal, and how does that help us understand the Transfiguration?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 19, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org and follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TrinityLawrenceKS

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Sometimes we seem willing to adopt difficult, costly endeavors to achieve something, but devalue something that is free, like the gift of God's grace.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 12, 2012.  You can find out more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or join us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TrinityLawrenceKS

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In an Episcopal church in Worthington, Ohio pews were not rented but considered open to all as a way to make sure that people were not discouraged from attending because they could not afford the cost.  Today, the church must be mindful of the expenses we may--intentionally or unintentionally--demand from people who might be entered our doors.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 5, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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In our baptismal covenant, we promise to perservere against evil.  But as a concept, "evil" isn't something that is discussed much in the Episcopal Church.  But in today's lessons we see three examples of evil that continue to exist in the world today.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on January 29, 2012.  You can learn more about Trinity at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Fr. Rob Baldwin shares his own story of his calling to the priesthood, and challenges us to consider our own calling as individuals and a church.  This is a recording of the sermon from January 15, 2012 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity at www.trinitylawrence.org

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On Christmas Eve, we celebrate Mary bringing Christ into the world.  Two thousand years later, what are we doing to bring Christ into the world?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2011 at the 11:00 PM service.  You can find out more about Trinity at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Addiction remains a powerful marginalizing force in our society, driving people who desperately need help away from those who can provide it, especially God.  But Advent's core message of God coming into the world is the answer to the problem of addiction, if only the Church is willing to proclaim it.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence Kansas on December 4, 2011.  You can learn more about Trinity at www.trinitylawrence.org.

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While the world rushes towards Christmas earlier and earlier each year, the Church takes time to celebrate the Season of Advent.  Why should Christians mark this small season of the Church rather than succumb to Christmas craziness?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, KS on November 27, 2011.  You can find out more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org.

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Do you know what the best part of the lives of the saints is?  They were people just like us.  Now is the time to begin to write your own story.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas at the 6:00 PM service.  You can learn more about Trinity at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Humility, or rather the practice of exercising humility, is not just an important dimension to our relationship with God, but it also impacts those around us inside and outside the Church.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on October 30th.  You can find out more about Trinity at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Jesus asks us to consider what belongs to God, and what belongs to Caesar, and to give accordingly.  But what belongs where?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on October 16, 2011.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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In today's parable the violent tenants have murdered the servants and the son of the landowner and now await the landowner's arrival.  What were they thinking at that time, and how does that relate to where we our in our relationship to God?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by Deacon Patrick Funston, chaplain of Bishop Seabury Academy, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on October 2, 2011.  You can find out more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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We all want to be the son that does what the Father wants in Jesus' parable in Matthew, but how do we know when we're doing the right thing?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 25, 2011.  You can learn more about Trinity at www.trinitylawrence.org

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On the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, we as a nation continue to wrestle with the impact of that event.  In that struggle, several questions continually challenge us, especially as Christians.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 11, 2011.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Conflict is inevitable in a church, but resolving conflict isn't always a sure thing.  How does Jesus want us to resolve conflict in the church, and what does it reveal about God's intentions?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, Kansas on September 5, 2011.  You can find out more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Jesus said we each have our own cross to bear.  How do we identify what that cross is, and why should we carry it?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on August 28, 2011.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Did Jesus show favoritism towards Jews?  There are passages of Scripture that seem to suggest that he did.  How do we, as a predominately Gentile Church, understand this, and what does it tell us about Jesus' love for us?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on August 14, 2011.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence. org

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The story of Jesus walking on the water is more than just another miracle, it gives us some insight into how we are to navigate a chaotic and scary world.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by Fr. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on August 7, 2011.  You can find out more about Trinity Episcopal Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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While we do not know much about what heaven is like, Jesus did talk about what it means for us in a series of parables in today's reading.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on July 24, 2011

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Since Trinity Episcopal Church doesn't have a historical figure to serve as their "patron saint," what does it mean for us to be Trinitarians?  This is a recording of the sermon by the Rev. Rob Baldwin preached on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, KS.

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It is a feast day that is largely overlooked in the Church beyond its notation in the calendar, but the Ascension of Jesus Christ reminds us not only about who Jesus is, but where we are in the timeline of God's plan.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on June 5th, 2011 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Death, the Rapture, graduation: is there a message from Christ about all these events that have occured (or not occured) at Trinity?  This is a recording of the sermon by the Rev. Rob Baldwin of Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, Kansas from May 22nd, 2011

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Jesus describes himself as a shepherd of the sheep, but also as the keeper of the gate.  Being a gatekeeper implies not only letting sheep in, but also keeping things out.  What is kept out, and how does that translate into our own community of faith?  This is the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, Kansas on May 15th.  You can learn more about Trinity Episcopal Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Two men, walking on a road to Emmaus, encounter Jesus Christ.  What does this story tell us about our encounters with Christ: how they happen and most importantly, where?  This is the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, Kansas on May 8, 2011.  You can find out more about Trinity at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Why did God choose Jerusalem to be the place of the crucifixion?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on Good Friday, April 22, 2011 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

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What is the relationship between the Last Supper and Jesus' washing of the disciple's feet?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on Maundy Thursday, April 21 2011 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

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The Episcopal liturgy of Palm Sunday is a jarring one, all the more so for what it may reveal about ourselves than anything else.  This is the sermon from Palm Sunday, April 17, 2011, preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at the 6:00 PM service at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, Kansas.

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Can these bones live?  God asks this question to Ezekiel.  God also asks it to us.  What will our answer be?  This is the sermon by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas for Sunday, April 10, 2011.

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Many believe that God play some part in the misfortune in our lives, while others believe that suffering is a form of a test.  What does Jesus have to say about this?  This is the sermon by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church from April 3, 2011.

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Sometimes it seems that we want Jesus to follow us, not the other way around, but Jesus calls us to follow him on his road to the cross.  This is a recording of the sermon preached at Trinity Episcopal Church by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at the 10:30 AM service.

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We receive forgiveness and grace from God, but what about the consequences of our actions?  Why is what we think and do really important?  This is the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church's 10:30 AM service.

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The story of Zacchaeus from the Gospel of Luke provides us with an outline for our own experiences of confession, absolution, and grace.

This is a recording of the sermon from the 10:30 AM service, November 7th, 2010 preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin.

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This is the final installment of the three-part sermon series on the foundations of the Anglican faith.  This week Fr. Rob Baldwin looks at Tradition, and what it really represents.

Please note that this is not the All Saints Day program from the 10:30 AM service, but is a recording of the sermon preached at the 6:00 PM service.

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In this sermon, Father Rob Baldwin explores the second leg of the "three legged stool of the Anglican Faith"--Reason.  How does God guide our ability to think, process, and come to conclusions, both in our examination of Scripture and Tradition, and in things yet unseen?

Date: October 24, 2010

Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont Street, Lawrence, Kansas

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A well-known analogy has the Anglican faith resting like a stool with three legs.  This week, Father Rob Baldwin explores the first of these legs--Scripture.  How do Episcopalians relate to Scripture?  How do we address inconsistencies in Scripture, or the question of evolution?

Date: October 17th, 2010

Location: Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont Street, Lawrence, Kansas

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