St. John's Franklin Podcast (Sermons)

Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Incarnate Forever” for Ascension Sunday on June 1, 2014. In the ascension Jesus continues as the incarnate Word--He ascends to heaven with a human body--He is exalted as our King but through the Cross.

The Ascension of the Lord
Acts 1:1-11

Psalm 93
Ephesians 1:15-23

Luke 24:44-53

A Reading from a commentary on St John’s Gospel by Cyril of Alexandria 

Our Lord Jesus Christ has opened for us a new and living way into God’s presence, ‘not entering a sanctuary made by human hands, but by entering heaven itself to appear before God on our behalf’. For Christ has not entered heaven in order to make his own appearance before God the Father. He was, and is, and always will be in the Father, in the sight of the One from whom he receives his being, for in him is the Father’s unending joy. 

But today, the Word, who had never been clothed in human nature before, has ascended as a human being, revealing himself in a new and unfamiliar way. And he has done this for us and in our name, so that being like us (though with the status of the Son) and hearing the command to ‘Sit at my right hand’, he might transmit to fellow members of the human race the glory of being children of God. For since he became man it is as one of us that he sits at the right hand of God the Father, though in truth he is above all creation and is one in being with his Father: God from God, Light from Light. 

It was, then, as a human being on our behalf that he appeared before the Father today, to enable those who had been cast out from the Father’s presence because of sin to once again behold the face of God. As the Son he took his seat to enable us as sons and daughters through him to be called the children of God. That is why Paul, who claims to speak for Christ, teaches that the whole human race participates in the life of Christ, saying: ‘God has raised us up with Christ and enthroned us with him in the heavenly places.’

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Danny Bryant preached a sermon entitled “The Spirit of Truth” for The Sixth Sunday of Easter on May 25, 2014. 

The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 17:22-31

Psalm 66:8-20 
1 Peter 2:18-25
John 14:15-21

Direct download: The_Spirit_of_Truth.mp3
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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Bless the Place Where You Live” for The Fifth Sunday of Easter on May 18, 2014. God urges us to seek the welfare of the places where He has put us. Within the spheres of influence that God has given us, we are to be agents of shalom--in our work, our neighborhoods, the institutions we serve, our town and the part of creation in which we dwell.

The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 7:54-60

Psalm 31:1-5,15-16 
1 Peter 3:8-22
John 14:1-14

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The Mark of God's Loving Embrace” for The Third Sunday of Easter on April 27, 2014. The whole of the Christian life is lived out of our union with Christ; participation in the life of Christ and thus in the very life of God. Baptism is the rite (ceremony) of this spiritual union with God. Being baptized is the sign, the mark of God’s loving embrace of you. 

The Third Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14, 36-41
Psalm 116:1-4,12-19
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The Divine Embrace: The Two Arms of God” for The Second Sunday of Easter on April 27, 2014.  What is the overarching story of our faith…and how do we connect with it? How does it relate to the nitty-gritty details of our everyday life? God became one of us, ”dwelt among us” as John puts it, and restored the union of humanity with Himself.


The Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14, 22-32

Psalm 16 

1 Peter 1:1-9

John 20:19-31

Direct download: Purpose.mp3
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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “That We Might Walk in Newness of Life” for Easter Sunday on April 20, 2014.  The empty tomb meant that power of a closed world—the world defined by humanity’s failure, by our failures, is broken…If you are in Christ, you also, just like Peter and Jesus’ other followers on that Sunday, are included in the New Creation.  The power of the resurrection is at work within you.

Easter Sunday

Acts 10:34-43

Psalm 118:1-2,14-24 

Colossians 3:1-4

Matthew 28:1-10

Direct download: Newness.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The Ministry of Disillusionment” based on Matthew 27:11-54 for Palm Sunday on April 13, 2014. The ministry of disillusionment is the ongoing and continual discovery that the world is broken—at every level.The death of Jesus provides the only starting point for us as Christians for understanding and living in a broken world. 

Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9

Psalm 31:9-16 

Philippians 2:5-11

Matthew 27:11-54

Direct download: MinistryofDisillusionment.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:28am CDT

Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The Defeat of Death” based on John 11:1-45 for the Fifth Sunday of Lent on April 6, 2014. In our Gospel reading today Jesus interrupts a funeral to show that He will defeat our ultimate enemy, death itself.


Fifth Sunday of Lent

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 130 

Romans 8:6-11

John 11:1-45

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

Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Two Kinds of Blindness” based on John 9:1-41 for the Fourth Sunday of Lent on March 30, 2014. Our Gospel reading today is a story of one physically blind who receives his spiritual sight, and others, supposedly possessing spiritual insight, who are actually blind. God sees in a different mode to how we see.




Fourth Sunday of Lent

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 23 

Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41

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Our bishop, the Archbishop Robert Duncan, visited St. John's this Sunday. He worshipped with us, preached the Gospel, and did confirmations. His sermon,“Give Me This Water,” was based on John 4 on the Third Sunday of Lent on March 23, 2014.

The Third Sunday of Lent

Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95

Romans 5:1-11
John 4:4-42

Direct download: Give_Me_This_Water.mp3
Category:Sermons -- posted at: 9:12pm CDT