Trinity Episcopal Church Lawrence, Kansas

Fr. Rob's Holy Week sermon series continues with the Easter Vigil, and the way it reminds us that we have to learn to live with mystery.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on the Easter Vigil, April 15, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org.

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:38am EDT

Fr. Rob's Holy Week sermon series continues as he talks about how the events of Good Friday remind us that things and people die, and sometimes do not die well.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Good Friday, April 14, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org.

Direct download: 702_0235.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:35am EDT

Fr. Rob begins a Holy Week sermon series examining each of the feast days of the week and how they remind us of periods of time in our own faith journey.  In this sermon, Fr. Rob compares Palm Sunday to moments of genuine enthusiasm and Maundy Thursday to times in which we are called to serve.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Maundy Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org.

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:31am EDT

Our familiarity with the Palm Sunday story shouldn't blind us to Jesus' unwillingness to play along with the familiar tropes of the conquering hero, down to his choice of mounts.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

The Pharisees struggle to acknowledge the miracle performed by Jesus on the man born blind is often mirrored in our own struggle to believe that we too can experience miracles during the Lenten season.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 26, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

The term "born again Christian" has been used to identify a particular faith tradition of Christianity, but actually applies to all Christians.  What does it mean to be "born again" in the Episcopal traditions and theology, and how does the story of Nicodemus provide clues about that new life?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 12, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

There are two visages of Jesus that appear in the story of the Transfiguration: the divine and transcendent Jesus and the Jesus the apostles know.  Both of those visages are revealed to us throughout the Epiphany season and beyond.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 26, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:20pm EDT

The question of how we pray, and for whom, continues to be a struggle within the Church.  Fr. Rob explores the challenges behind this and why it is so important in this sermon.

This podcast episode is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 19, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

Fr. Rob responds to multiple requests to address the recent blocking of immigrants from certain countries and talks about one of the biggest struggles in his own faith life when it comes to the Beatitudes.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 29, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:09pm EDT

Ryan Zavacky, the intern at Canterbury House, served as guest preacher on January 22.  His topic was how John the Baptist's death may have impacted the beginning of Jesus' ministry, and how tragic events can often inspire people to do great things.

You can learn more about Trinity Church in Lawrence, Kansas at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

The church always seems to celebrate the notion of receiving epiphanies, revelations from God, but the reality isn't always easy or pleasant.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church at Lawrence, Kansas on January 8, 2017.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

Music is an integral part of our Christmas worship, moreso than any other day of the year.  Fr. Rob explores why that might be in this sermon from the 10:30 PM Christmas Eve service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:59am EDT

The Rev. Torey Lightcap, Canon of the Ordinary for the Diocese of Kansas, visits Trinity as a guest preacher to talk about Joseph, what it meant to be a "carpenter," and how he can serve as a model for contemporary discipleship.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached at Trinity Episcopal Church on December 18, 2016. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:01pm EDT

Many are languishing in prisons, literal or figurative, and like John the Baptist may ask Jesus, "are you the one I'm waiting for, or should I wait for another?"  But there are signs that the wait is over, and miracles are everywhere.

This podcast is a recording of the the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 11, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:52am EDT

Continuing a theme on how we can faithfully observe Advent, Fr. Rob talks about the incredible power of hope that comes from Isaiah's vision of the Peaceable Kingdom and what it would be to seek out the hopeless today.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 4, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

Looking for a way to make a difference this Advent season?  Fr. Rob talks to an "open and affirming" congregation about what affirming really means, and how it could be an easy but meaningful way to recognize the season.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 27, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

Fr. Rob speaks to the members of the congregation who are less vulnerable than others about the importance being compassionate and committed to those who are feeling threatened in the wake of this year's presidential election.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 13, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:43pm EDT

At the evening service Fr. Rob shares the story of St. Willibrord, bishop of Utrecht, and how he exemplifies the unlikely qualities of saints in the Episcopal Church.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church at the 6:00 PM service.  Please note that the "parade of saints" at the 10:30 AM service does not have an audio recording, but photos can be seen on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TrinityLawrenceKS/

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

Guest preacher Elizabeth Honeycutt shares her personal story of growing up in the Episcopal Church and finding purpose and joy in ministry.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon from September 25, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, KS.  You can find out more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:42pm EDT

A convoluted and confusing parable about a crooked manager can be a word of encouragement to a church facing challenges.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 18, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:04am EDT

Father Rob remakes the parable of the lost sheep as a way of talking about thankfulness and the Church.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 11, 2016  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

Jesus' statement about not bringing peace "but a sword" could be a discouraging word to a society torn by internal strife and division.  But are we missing a greater point, and a compelling message to our own contribution to the problem?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on August 14, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

Fr. Rob takes issue with the recent spate of passages from various prophetic books in the Revised Common Lectionary and how their focus on God's displeasure ignores later more hopeful passages and the effect it has on our own understanding of both God and what it means to be a prophet.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

Deacon Rob Schwaller talks about the divinely-inspired community Koinonia and the glimpse we receive in the story of Mary and Martha.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by Dcn. Rob Schwaller at Trinity Episcopal Church on July 17, 2016. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:59am EDT

Rather than identify with the Good Samaritan (or even more self-critically, the priest or Levite), Fr. Rob suggests that we as a society are the wounded in the road, desperately in need of the radical hospitality of the outsider.

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

In recognition of the Episcopal Church's call to have a "preach in" on the subject of gun violence in our society, especially with children as victims, Fr. Rob talks about safe gun ownership, mental health issues, and the false idolatry of gun ownership in our society from a Christian perspective.

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:57pm EDT

Fr. Rob talks about the mystery of the Trinity in terms of what we know, what is impossible, and the one step beyond that. 

This podcast is the recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Trinity Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

 

Direct download: 702_0200.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

Fr. Rob relates a conversation from the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry on the topic "tell me about God," as a way to introduce the holiday of Pentecost and the origins of the Church.

This podcast is a copy of the sermon recorded by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church on Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:32pm EDT

While Jesus' question to the paralytic at Bethsaeda might seem curious, all too often we find ourselves comfortable and unwilling to leave behind our un-wellness.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on May 1, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:23am EDT

While the Bible might be short on details about what Heaven is like, two qualities stand out.  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev.  Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on April 24, 2016.

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:57am EDT

What can you do to help build a place in your life to experience the Resurrection of Jesus Christ?  Well, what did Mary and the others do Easter morning?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawerence, Kansas on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016.

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

Direct download: 702_0193.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

Sometimes the moments in which we encounter the Resurrection don't occur in the brightness of Easter morning, but during the darkness of the night.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawerence, Kansas at the Easter Vigil, March 26, 2016.

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

Direct download: 702_0192.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:02pm EDT

Can we conceive of a theology of Good Friday that doesn't involve either an abusive or incomprehensible motivation by God?
This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on Good Friday, March 25, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT

How can letting go of the identities we place on ourselves help us serve others as Christ's disciples?  This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on March 24, 2016, Maundy Thursday, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

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

Direct download: 702_0190.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

Within the story of the crucifixion of Jesus we find the least attractive, least noble qualities of humanity.  Fr. Rob outlines three of them and how they continue to manifest themselves in our own society, and how the cross of Christ is laid up against them.

This podcast is a copy of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin on Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can find out more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:23pm EDT

An unexpected guest, a toy shark, and a timely Gospel passage remind each one of us about the message to us in the parable of the Prodigal Son.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on March 6, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT

Another frequent question, even controversy in the Church is the struggle to reconcile the idea of a good and loving God in the face of terrible disasters.  But when confronted with this question, Jesus instead chooses to flip the question around to not where God is in the those moments, but where we are instead.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on February 28, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

The temptations Jesus faced in the wilderness illustrate the primal, fundamental forces that influence our own turning away from God.  These can be summed up by a mindset of scarcity, against which is the abundance of God's love.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence. Kansas on February 14, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0184.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:42pm EDT

Cynicism, sarcasm, and world-weariness can often keep us from hearing the Gospel message.  Jesus encountered his own share of snarkiness in his own home town, but we learn that the Gospel perseveres.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 31, 2016. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

 

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

The metaphor of the Church as the Body of Christ illustrates to us both the need for diversity and a living, vibrant faith.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on January 24, 2016.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:41am EDT

In addition to off-handedly sharing a weird dream he had, Fr. Rob talks about baptism, it's sacramental quality, and his theory about why Jesus was baptized.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin on January 10, 2016 at Trinity Church in Lawrence, Kansas.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0180.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:27am EDT

Father Rob talks about how important even one conversation is for God.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 24th at the 10:30 PM service.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

Mary is a figure who has captured the imagination of countless Christians, but what is it about Mary as a person that makes her so special?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, KS on December 20, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:59pm EDT

How would John the Baptist suggest you celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ?

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on December 13, 2015. You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Father Rob connects an unlikely pair of events: the draft of new members of a roller derby league and Christ the King Sunday.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 22, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

Father Rob expresses concern that the greatest peril facing our society today isn't a particular religious group, nation, or ideology, but rather the growth of a radical fringe on all sides dedicated to xenophobia, bloodshed, and destruction.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on November 15, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

If we can agree that people in extreme poverty shouldn't fall into more extreme poverty as a result of their contributing to a church, then what is the core message behind Jesus' observation of the wealthy and the poor widow making contributions to the temple?

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

All sorts of attempts have been made by Christians to avoid a very inconvenient truth: Jesus' vision of the ideal lifestyle for his disciple is radical, voluntary poverty.

Having chosen not to walk that path but instead a much more spiritually perilous one, how can we as Christians try to live as best as we can?

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:28am EDT

What makes a person great?  What makes a church great?  In Jesus' instruction to the disciples, ministering to children, and the kind of people like children in Jesus' time, is how we can truly be great.

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 5:02pm EDT

Jesus' treatment of the Syrophoenician woman raises a lot of questions about what might have been going on in Jesus' mind.  Fr. Rob offers two possible rationales as to what might be going on, while acknowledging that this passage is problematic for many.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on September 6, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:08pm EDT

Fr. Rob explains how Episcopalians have a particular susceptibility to be like the Pharisees, as one of our strengths gets horribly distorted.

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on August 30, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:54pm EDT

Trinity remembers the 50th anniversary of the death of Jonathon Myrick Daniels, Episcopalian martyr during the Civil Rights Movement, and celebrates the baptism of Eleanor Abrahamson by reflecting on the question posed by Jesus "Does this offend you?"

This podcast is a recording of the sermon preached by the Very Rev. Rob Baldwin at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence, Kansas on August 23, 2015.  You can learn more about Trinity Church at www.trinitylawrence.org

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

Jesus' imagery of himself as the new bread from heaven was a concept that went beyond simple food, but harkened to what was considered by many an idyllic time for the Jewish people.  But Jesus' comments went beyond that as well, to our time.

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

Direct download: 702_0161.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:33pm EDT

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.

Direct download: 702_0160.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:41am EDT

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 EDT

The prophet Amos railed against the casual lack of concern on the part of the people of Israel for justice and morality.  How does that translate into today's world?

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

Direct download: 702_0155.wma
Category:general -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

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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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:51pm EDT

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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 EDT

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 1:45pm EDT

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:18pm EDT

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

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

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:57pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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

Direct download: 702_0136.wma
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 4:10pm EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

Father Rob's Christmas Eve sermon explores a possible reason why we celebrate the birth of Christ in the middle of winter, and how Christmas is God's response to the darkness of our lives.

You can learn more about Trinity Church in Lawrence, Kansas at www.trinitylawrence.org

Direct download: 702_0123.wma
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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?

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

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 EDT

"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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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.

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Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:14am EDT