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Sermons on John

Every Day a Birthday

Today’s celebration of Pentecost is celebrating the birthday of the church.  Like when any of us celebrate our birthdays, we don’t tend to dwell on the actual day we were born, for the obvious reason that we can’t remember anything.  We can however ask any of our Moms and they won’t have trouble remembering.  “We…

The Poor Family

John 12:12-23 Once a wealthy nobleman decided to take his son to one of the poorest villages in their country as an effort to show his son what difficulties and challenges those people face on a daily basis. After spending the whole day with one of the poorest families there, the nobleman asked his son…

Sacred Language

No language is more sacred, than words of thanksgiving in times of distress. Չկա աւելի սուրբ լեզու, քան այն, որ գիտի վշտերի մեջ գոհութիւն հայտնել When the coronavirus crisis began over a month ago, this saying from 14th century Armenian churchman Barsegh Mashkevoratsi was among the first thing I recalled and shared with you.  Truly…

Rushing to God’s Funeral

There is a story told by the Armenian writer Teotig who collected accounts of the clergy and their martyrdom during the Armenian Genocide. One day in 1915, the roughly 800 Armenian families of Kourd Belen near the Turkish town of Izmir, the old Greek city of Smyrna, were given orders to abandon their homes and…