The list of sermons I put at the end of each sermon I post has gotten unwieldy, so below is a complete list of them all. This will allow me to list just a couple of them after each sermon, then refer you to this list. Most of them have video of my presentation, but I hope you will also read the accompanying posts. I think a lot about what I think I should be saying, but then usually deliver the sermon fairly impromptu, with little or no notes. In the citation accompanying the awarding of my professor emeritus status, there’s this sentence: “His students have noted that the published poet and composer had a lecture style ‘like jazz.'” Sometimes I wish I were more scripted, as this style can open itself up to mistakes of the moment. In the posts I attempt to correct or clarify what I said, and they also provide spaces to reflect on what I actually did say.
From a traditional spiritual perspective, when we preach we’re supposed to be instruments conveying what God has laid on our hearts. People have written to me afterwards thanking me for letting God use me to deliver a message that was particularly meaningful for them. I’ve sometimes thought speaking impromptu makes us more open to the leadings of the Spirit, but upon reflection it’s obvious that the Spirit can direct us in the writing down of what we say just as powerfully as coming to us in the moment we’re speaking. In fact, at least two of the sermons below—Elijah: The Growth of a Prophet” and “It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know”—were written out completely first (there’s also no video accompanying them). The latter was my go-to Baccalaureate address I used when asked to speak at that occasion. The last time I gave it, it was just six months after my youngest son Bryan Emmanuel Guzman had died. Afterwards several people thanked me for speaking right from the heart—which I did, even though I read it all.
Here’s the sermon list. My wife says I’ll probably never do better than the first one listed (“Pentecost Means No Supremacies”), but my own favorite is the second one (“Sacred Doing”).
“Pentecost Means No Supremacies”
“It’s Not What You Know But Who You Know”
“Searching for Prophets”
“Elijah: The Growth of a Prophet”
“Who Do You Stand With? A Sermon for Transfiguration Sunday”
“Three Things to Stop Saying”
“How Holy Was Jesus?”
“Servants Know First”
“The Quiet After Easter”
“Theology and Race”
“The Lamb and the Rock”
“On Not Being Afraid”