Trinity Episcopal Church Lawrence, Kansas

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

To kick off Trinity's new Newcomer/Confirmation Class program, Fr. Rob began by first explaining what we understand it means to be a Christian, an Episcopalian, and a member of Trinity Church, and how those "circles" overlap one another.

This podcast is a recording of the Confirmation class taught at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence Kansas on Thursday, September 6, 2012.  Fr. Rob Baldwin is the instructor for this class session.  Trinity's newcomer and confirmation class is open to all, and meets the first Thursday of every month. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org or by following us on Facebook.

Direct download: 702_0021.wma
Category:Class sessions -- posted at: 11:57am 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

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

Direct download: 702_0015.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

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

Direct download: 702_0014.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:52pm EST

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

Direct download: 702_0013.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:56pm EST

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

Direct download: 702_0009.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:13pm EST

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

Direct download: 702_0008.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:53am EST

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

Direct download: 702_0004.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:02pm EST

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

Direct download: 702_0003.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:54am EST

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

Direct download: 702_0001.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:39am EST

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

Direct download: VN520082.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 6:11pm EST

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

Direct download: VN520080.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:48am EST

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

Direct download: VN520079.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:50pm EST

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

Direct download: VN520077.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:30pm EST

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

Direct download: VN520076.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 7:10pm EST

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

Direct download: VN520075.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:29pm EST

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

Direct download: VN520074.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:28am EST

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

Direct download: VN520073.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:05am EST

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

Direct download: VN520071.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:48pm EST

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.

Direct download: VN520068.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:22pm EST

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.

Direct download: VN520067.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

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

Direct download: VN520063.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:27am EST

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

Direct download: VN520062.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:35am EST

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

Direct download: VN520060.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:26pm EST

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

Direct download: VN520059.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:39am EST

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

Direct download: VN520057.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:25pm EST

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

Direct download: VN520056.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:43am EST

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

Direct download: VN520055.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:23am EST

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

Direct download: VN520054.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:48am EST

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

Direct download: VN520053.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:08pm EST

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

Direct download: VN520052.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:14am EST

This Autumn, Sunday School will be moved to between the two Sunday morning services.  In this sermon Father Rob explains the reasons behind the change, including why it is so important that children participate fully in the life of the church.

Direct download: VN520051.wma
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34am EST

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

Direct download: VN520050.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:32pm EST

The Parable of the Sower helps us understand what the perils facing us in our spiritual life can be.  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on July 10, 2011.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: VN520049.wma
Category:general -- posted at: 1:12pm EST

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.

Direct download: VN520047.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:40am EST

This is a recording of the Burial Office for Elizabeth Stephens, longtime organist and member of Trinity Episcopal Church.  Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.

Direct download: VN520045.wma
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

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.

Direct download: VN520044.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:07pm EST

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

Direct download: VN520043.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:54pm EST

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

Direct download: VN520042.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:37pm EST

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

Direct download: VN520041.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

While most people call him "doubting" Thomas, the Gospel actually accuses him of "unfaithfulness."  What's the difference, and how does Jesus respond both to his unfaithfulness and our own?   This is the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence, Kansas on May 1, 2011.

Direct download: VN520039.wma
Category:general -- posted at: 3:18pm EST

Outside the tomb, Mary did not recognize the risen Lord until he called her by name.  When do we hear Jesus call us by our own name?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at Trinty Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

Direct download: VN520038.wma
Category:general -- posted at: 1:28pm EST

God spent countless aeons planning for the day of Christ's Resurrection, but where do we fit into God's plan?  This is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at the Easter Vigil, April 23, 2011 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

Direct download: VN520037.wma
Category:general -- posted at: 1:26pm EST

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.

Direct download: VN520036.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:23pm EST

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.

Direct download: VN520035.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:20pm EST

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.

Direct download: VN520034.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:30am EST

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.

Direct download: VN520033.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:39pm EST

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.

Direct download: VN520032.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:34pm EST

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.

Direct download: VN520028.WMA
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:02am EST

Many people struggle with feelings of being alone and uncared for, but Jesus says that God even cares for bird and plants.  What does that mean for us?  This is a recording of the sermon preached at the 10:30 AM service at Trinity Episcopal Church by the Rev. Rob Baldwin.

Direct download: VN520027.WMA
Category:general -- posted at: 3:31pm EST

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.

Direct download: VN520021.WMA
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:04am EST

Why have we lost terms like "evangelical" and "charismatic" when we talk about our faith?  And how can we, as Episcopalians, share with the world a part of our spiritual lives that mean so much to us?  This is a recording for Fr. Rob Baldwin's sermon from February 6, 2011.

Direct download: VN520020.WMA
Category:general -- posted at: 2:19pm EST

We talk about blessings and being blessed, but what does Christ mean when he says "Blessed are the..."?

This is the sermon by Fr. Rob Baldwin from the 10:30 AM service January 30th, 2011.

Direct download: VN520019.WMA
Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm EST

On January 23rd Fr. Rob Baldwin answered questions submitted by the congregation at all three services.  This recording is from the 8:00 AM service and covers the following questions:

If the Bible is a just a collection of stories, why do we think of it as being true?

Is the Eucharist a metaphor or real?

Can you talk about the humanity of Jesus?

 

Sadly, the recording from the 10:30 AM service did not turn out well and will not be available.

Direct download: VN520017.WMA
Category:general -- posted at: 9:55am EST

What is the significance of the wise men's three gifts to us today?  This sermon by the Rev. Rob Baldwin is from January 2, 2011 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, KS.

Direct download: VN520015.WMA
Category:general -- posted at: 10:08am EST

This is the sermon from the 11:00 PM service, December 24th, 2010 by the Rev. Rob Baldwin.  What was the biggest miracle Christmas Eve?

Direct download: VN520014.WMA
Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm EST

What does it mean to be joyful during a season characterized by stress, frustration, and depression?  In this sermon from December 12th, Fr. Rob Baldwin shares what the joy of the nativity story is about.

Direct download: VN520012.WMA
Category:general -- posted at: 5:40pm EST

This is the sermon from December 5th, 2010 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  In it Fr. Rob Baldwin explores what we mean when we say "The Peace of God."

Direct download: VN520011.WMA
Category:general -- posted at: 3:40pm EST