Author Archives: Bill Bradbury

Sermon–April 15, 2018

Sermon by William Bradbury

Easter 3—B, April 15, 2018

Acts 3:12-19, Psalm 4, 1 John 3:1-7, Luke 24:36b-48

Did you see the eclipse this past August? My crew had those special sunglasses, so we could see the partial eclipse here. My sister and nephew, however, drove from Atlanta north in order to see the full eclipse. On their journey through rural Tennessee my nephew took a picture of a church sign at Delray Baptist Church with a message on it that reads: “Choose the Bread of Life or you are toast.” Continue reading

Sermon–Easter Day–April 1, 2018

Easter Day

Year B

April 1, 2018

William Bradbury

Acts 10:34-43, Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, John 20:1-18

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb….” She had hoped to eat just one more meal or hear him tell one more of those strange stories that deconstruct her world, yet fills her with purpose and peace. Continue reading

Sermon–Good Friday–2018


Good Friday

March 30, 2018

William Bradbury

Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Psalm 22, Hebrews 10:16-25, John 18:1-19:42

All-loving God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross…. This afternoon we are in the presence of a terrible thing: the cruel execution of a good and faithful man. Here we see Jesus not only murdered, but also tortured. Not only executed, but also shamed. Jesus is not the first nor is he the last man or woman to suffer such horrendous things, but he is the one we remember across two thousand years. Continue reading

Sermon–Maundy Thursday–March 29, 2018


Maundy Thursday

March 29, 2018

William Bradbury

Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14, Psalm 116:1, 10-17, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35

You know the old story: a woman gets on her knees every night and prays: “Dear Lord, please let me win the lottery.” Night after night she perseveres in her prayer, until she finally says, “Okay Lord, why have you failed to answer my prayer?” And God replies: “First you have to buy a ticket.” Continue reading

Sermon–Palm Sunday–March 25, 2018


Sunday of the Passion—Year B

March 25, 2018

William Bradbury

Isaiah 50:4-9a, Philippians 2:5-11, Psalm 31:9-16, Mark 14:1-15:47

I ask you: “What is so special about the crucifixion of a homeless Jewish rabbi?” After all, Rome crucified their conquered people on a regular basis. Some of you will remember the 1960 movie “Spartacus”, the true story of a Roman slave, who leads a slave revolt against the Empire. (It won 4 academy awards and was directed by Stanley Kubrick.) This revolt took place 100 years before Jesus and ended in a final bloody battle in which the slaves were defeated. But Empire is never satisfied with just winning a war, because it also wants everyone to know the cost of resisting Empire. So along 130 miles of the Appian Way, stretching from Rome towards Naples, Empire crucified 6000 followers of Spartacus. That’s one cross every 40 yards. The Day the Revolution Began, by NT Wright— page 57 Continue reading

Sermon–March 18, 2018


Lent 5—B

March 18, 2018

William Bradbury


Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 51:1-13, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12:20-33

Jeremiah, who was not a bullfrog, but a 6th century prophet filled with the Spirit of Yahweh who announces something extraordinary today: “The days are surely coming, says YHWH, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” Continue reading

Sermon–March 4, 2016


Lent 3—B

March 4, 2018

William Bradbury

Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:13-22

Most folks who grew up in Christian homes and churches learned a false narrative that continues to be told today. It says that Jews are all about Law and Christians are all about grace! This has been taught in Evangelical and mainstream protestant churches for millennia. It was the message in mainstream Biblical scholarship until E. P. Sanders in the mid-1980s pointed out this narrative was self-serving and false. Self-serving because we feel virtuous when we have a strawman to attack and false because it misses what is right in front of us in our passage from Exodus today. The presentation of the 10 Commandments begins this way: Continue reading

Sermon–February 25, 2018


Lent 2—B

February 25, 2018

William Bradbury

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, Psalm 22:22-30, Romans 4:13-25, Mark 8:31-38

Several summers ago in Maine, the adults in our family are sitting around the table after dinner when Stephanie and my daughter in law Kristin start sharing their stories about what it was like to give birth. It doesn’t take long before my son and I realize this is not going to be a discussion we can enter, even though we both have been at our children’s births and carry our own memories of pain and mystery. Though Stephanie’s and Kristin’s stories were different in many respects, in each story there are two elements that are the same: there is suffering and there is new creation.  Continue reading

Sermon–February 18, 2018


Lent 1—Year B

February 18, 2018

William Bradbury

Genesis 9:8-17, Psalm 25:1-9, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15

The first letter of John offers this truth: “Whoever does not love abides in death.” But as a species we know how to deal with such truths, don’t we! We turn love into a feeling, even a very deep feeling! Like, “I feel terrible about those poor students and teachers who were murdered in Parkland Florida on Ash Wednesday.” Continue reading

Sermon–Ash Wednesday 2018 Preached at Trinity, Lutheran Church


Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2018

William Bradbury

Joel 2:1-2,12-17, or Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 103:8-14, 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10, Matthew 6:1-6,16-21

Every year The Episcopal Church Pension Fund puts out a calendar with a different cartoon for each month. Usually it’s something funny about life in an Episcopal parish. For February its reads: “Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day both fall on February 14? A win/win for the greeting card industry.” Then it shows the four possible greeting cards. The first card says, “Roses are red, violets are blue, Lent is beginning, no chocolate for you.” Continue reading