Sermons by Kevin Johnson

Sermons by Kevin Johnson

“with enough foolishness to believe….”

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson preached at the online worship service for St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington, on the Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 6, 2021. ——– Pentecost + 2, Proper 5B, 2021 In the year 2018, a skinny 15-year-old girl skipped school to protest outside the Swedish Parliament building; standing there by herself, with a homemade sign reading “School strike for climate.” By September of 2019 in cities across the globe the School Strike for Climate had…

“Sanctify them. . .”

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson preached at the diocesan worship service for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 16, 2021. We are grateful to Trinity, Fort Worth, for offering their St. Mary’s Chapel for the diocesan worship service. ——– John 17:6-19 It’s only 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning, your cup of coffee hasn’t quite kicked in, the synapses in your brain, in the words of the magnificent Dolly Parton, are still “yawning, stretching, and tryin’ to…

The Good Shepherd

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington, preached at the online worship service on the Fourth Sunday in Easter, April 25, 2021. —— Easter 4 Yr B 2021 Slipping on my shoes, boiling water, toasting bread, buttering the sky: that should be enough contact with God in one day to make anyone crazy. (Hafiz) My experience with sheep is limited.  I’ve seen them grazing as I pass by in my car.  I have a couple…

Every riven thing

This is the meditation the Rev. Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s, Theatre. Arlington, gave at the diocesan worship service for Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021. ——– I have mixed feelings about Ash Wednesday.  I both profoundly appreciate the reality of acknowledging that I am an imperfect human being.  And something about the language and actions of Ash Wednesday seems to clash with the truth I know, which is that every child of God is created in the perfect image of God…

Who do you say Jesus is?

This is the sermon the Rev. Karen Calafat of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth; and the Rev. Kevin Johnson of St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington, gave in the form of a fireside chat for the Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost on August 23, 2020. —————— The 12th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 16A, August 23rd, 2020 Webcast Conversation between the Rev’s. Karen Calafat and Kevin Johnson  Kevin Johnson: Well, good morning. Thank you all for being here this morning. COVID is…

An untidy God

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson of St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington preached at the diocesan worship service on the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, July 19, 2020. ———————– Pentecost+7, Proper 11A, 2020 Some summers back I received the gift of backpacking el Camino de Santiago. The Camino is an ancient pilgrimage trail that runs from France across northern Spain ending up in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where tradition has it that the remains of St. James are…

What is that thing. . .?

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson preached at the diocesan worship service for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost on June 28, 2020. ——————– Proper 8 yr A 2020 EDFW A reward! I like a reward. I bet you like a reward, too. A gold star, an ice cream treat, a little cash bonus. Who doesn’t like a reward….. I mean everybody likes a little reward. So, what of these rewards Jesus mentions in today’s gospel lesson? Today’s lesson,…

In a place between what was and what could be

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson, St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington, preached at the diocesan online worship service for the Sunday after Ascension, May 24, 2020. —————————— Ascension 2020 The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth So….. here we are on Sunday following the Friday’s Texas Supreme Court’s finding adverse to our position as the continuing, loyal Episcopalians in this part of Texas. And lucky for me (or maybe not so lucky) I was the one scheduled to preach this…

The widespread arms of the Shepherd

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson preached at the online worship service of the diocese for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 3, 2020. ——————————————————— Easter 4A So, last weekend I broke the bonds of Corona house arrest and escaped to south Texas to visit the farm. On this farm live two donkeys named Rosy and Suzy. Rosy and Suzy’s job is to help take care of the baby calves by protecting them from coyotes and snakes and…

God keeps us, outwardly in our bodies, inwardly in our souls

This is the sermon the Rev. Kevin Johnson of St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington, preached at the online Eucharist livestreamed via the diocesan Facebook Page on Sunday, March 15, 2020, as the diocese does church differently in response to the coronavirus crisis. ———————– I don’t know about you, but I like control. More specifically I like it when I feel like I have some type of control over my life – what’s going on around me, what’s happening to me, how…