• Rian Adams

    Contributing sermons since Mar 5, 2019
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St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

About Rian
  • Education: B.A. M.A. MDiv. DMin.
  • Experience: Rian Adams: I've been an Episcopal Priest for ten years. I served as a military chaplain in various parts of the world and served The Episcopal Church as a rector. I'm also an amateur poet.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I'm not the best priest, and I'm not the best preacher. But, I'm passionate about believing what I preach. I think the secret to preaching is believing your words. That helps me stay honest in the pulpit and not simply preach what I think the congergation​ wants to hear or what seems easy to me. I hope my sermons are faithful to the Gospels and encourage others to be a part of what Michael Curry calls, "The Jesus​ Movement."
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: One sermon that formed me as a priest is Jonathan Landfon's sermon on the occasion of my ordination. He told me that I would suffer for the sake of the kingdom of God, but to do it anyway!
  • One of my favorite illustrations: This is a hard one... I heard President Obama speak of the Ubunto tribe in Africa, so I decided to research them. When a person makes a mistake the entire village surrounds the person and tells them what is RIGHT with them, not what is wrong. I wonder how the church could do ministry with that mindset.
  • Family: I'm Rian Adams and my family and friends mean everything to me! Nothing compares to the happiness we recieve​ when our children tell us they love us. My significant other is beautiful, creative, and smart. She's my best friend.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My mother and father are extreemly supportive of my priestly vocation! I grew up in a Pentecostal church and my parents still attend a pentecostal​ church, so there was some hesitation when I became an Episcopal Priest, but they attend services where I preach and celebrate and enjoy it.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Who knows, our true loves often miss our flaws because they love us so much. I have received positive feedback on my poetry from my significant other.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: I have made some mistakes. When I suffered from PTSD and untreated seizures I made a mistake and told some people on the highway I would shoot them after they threw bottles at my car and damaged it. My former bishop took me to lunch and said, "Rian, don't beat yourself up. Peter cut a man's ear off and still became the bishop of Rome. God is a God of restoration."
  • Books that have had an impact: This is is a difficult place to begin. C.S. Lewis was instrumental to my early theological devlopmenty. I enjoy reading Richard Rhor, Thomas Moore, Carl Jung, and a host of writers.
  • Hobbies: I'm a lover of poetry. I wrote the book Love, War, and Soul: Poems of Darkness and Light by Rian Adams. It's my journey from a combat chaplain with PTSD to recovery. I'm a amateur muscian, I enjoy writing as well. I'm an advoate for Veterans.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: One final sermon... God loves you. No matter who you are, what color you are, what sexual orentation ​you are, God loves you!
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I have a tendency to leave my sermon manuscripts on the pulpitnbefore service. Once, all in good fun, one of the acolytes stole the sermon. She held it until I got in the pulpit and panicked! She gave it back but the whole church, myself included, got a fantastic laugh.
  • What I want on my tombstone: William Rian Adams Episcopal Priest Bronze Star Recipant ​ Loved with abandon
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  • Palm Sunday: Choose A Donkey Over A Horse

    Contributed on Apr 9, 2019

    Sermon explores the message of servanthood in JEsus's​ choice to ride a donkey into JErusale​m.

    Choose A Donkey Over A Horse St. Matthews Episcopal Church The Rev. Rian Adams For over a decade I’ve preached from the Passion narrative on Palm Sunday. This year I’m going to follow my personality and deviate from the norm. Today I’m preaching from the Palm Sunday Gospel reading. Why? Palm more

  • Lent 4, Year C: The Parable Of The Dysfunctional Family

    Contributed on Mar 13, 2019

    Rian Adams: Sermon on the parable of the lost son, Lent 4, Year C. The sermon looks at family dysfunction.

    ?The Parable of the Dysfunctional Family The Rev. Rian Adams The father in this parable makes me uncomfortable. Some of his ways even bother me. I’m also willing to guess that he might seem “off” to you as well. There is one thing we can see; he wasn’t very good at raising sons. We know this more

  • Lent 3, Year C: God's Not Mad Atcha!

    Contributed on Mar 13, 2019

    Rian Adams: Parable of the landowner and the fig tree. Different intrepretation​ that places us at the cent​e​r of the parable.

    God Ain’t Mad ‘Atcha The Rev. Rian Adams Luke 13:1-9 There’s a question that troubles so many people. It’s a question that churchgoers and nonchurchgoers, struggle with; “Am I good enough for God?” I can’t speak for you but at certain times in my life I’ve felt like my decisions, and my life more

  • Lent 2: God Is Heavy: Carrying The Weight Of God

    Contributed on Mar 8, 2019

    Second Sunday in Lent. This sermon focuses ar​oun​d the idea of God as s​hiel​d but God as heavy to carry as Lent requires reflection and repentence​.

    “Carrying the Weight of God.” The Rev. Rian Adams Second Sunday of Lent, Year C The Genesis reading says God spoke to Abram and said, “I am your shield.” A shield has one job… the difference between life and death is how well a shield does that job. A shield's vocation is to protect the one more

  • Lent 1: Temptation Is A Good Thing

    Contributed on Mar 8, 2019

    A sermon on growing through temptations and not repressing them. The sermon centers around the temptation of Jesus.

    Title: Temptation Is A Good Thing The Rev. Rian Adams Spiritual growth happens in the desert. That’s spiritual and literal for me! Every year Lent begins with Jesus in the desert as he prepared for his ministry. Throughout the scriptures, deserts are places of purification. I lived in the more