The Prodigal’s Father

June 17th, 2018

The Prodigal’s Father Luke 15:11-32 June 19, 2018 So, I can’t talk about Father’s Day without putting things in context.  I have held a ton of different jobs and played a thousand different roles in life.  What you have to know from the start for me is that there will never be a job/role in my life

More Able Than We are Wise

June 2nd, 2018

More Able Than We are Wise Genesis 11:1-11 June 3, 2018 So, let’s work our way back to Pentecost for a moment.  You may remember from a couple of weeks ago that our ancestors in faith were gathered in an upper room, just sitting and waiting together.  As I suggested before, one of the miracles of this

The Holy Spirit: Now and Always

May 19th, 2018

The Holy Spirit:  Now and Always Acts 2:1-13 May 20, 2018 In the end, the Bible talks to us about three distinct ways of experiencing God’s presence.  First, there is the God who is the source of all that is, who brought order out of chaos, who created us in God’s image,.  This God, whom we learn about

The New Creation: Works of Love

May 12th, 2018

The New Creation:  Works of Love John 21:15-19 May 13, 2018 I was talking with a friend this week about how lucky each of us was to be born into our respective families.  It’s not like everything was perfect.  In fact, at an earlier time in our lives, we might have focused too much on the ways that

The New Creation: Seeing and Believing

May 5th, 2018

The New Creation: Seeing and Believing John 20:24-29 May 6, 2018 So, my gift to our confirmands this morning is a brief sermon! The gift that you all have given to Tracy this year is that you have been an amazing class. I know this because every Sunday when Tracy came home from teaching confirmation

The New Creation: Nowhere to Hide

April 29th, 2018

The New Creation: Nowhere to Hide John 20:19-23 April 29, 2018 I have good news and I have bad news. Let’s start with the good news. The good news is that there is nowhere that you can go in this life where God won’t be present. By this, I mean, not only that God has

The New Creation: In the Garden

April 22nd, 2018

The New Creation: In the Garden John 20:11-18 April 22, 2018 The Gospel of John begins not with a Christmas story but with words that invoke the story of creation, itself: “In the beginning was the Word…” The Book of Genesis begins with similar words: “In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the

The New Creation: The Torn Curtain

April 14th, 2018

The New Creation: The Torn Curtain Matthew 27:45-54 April 15, 2018 So, every year in the church we have three major days: Christmas, Easter and…. Kickoff Sunday, right? Everyone gets to eat fried chicken even though we know we shouldn’t! Well, Kickoff Sunday is a big day for us but perhaps not for Christians, world-wide.

The New Creation: Joseph and Nicodemus

April 8th, 2018

The New Creation: Joseph and Nicodemus John 19:38-42 April 8, 2018 Last week, we read the Gospel of Mark’s account of Easter morning. The women bravely go to the empty tomb, intending to do the work that women were always assigned—preparing a body for a proper burial. They were assigned this work because a dead

In This Lifetime

April 1st, 2018

In this Lifetime Mark 16:1-8 April 1, 2018 For many Christians, today is the day when they remind themselves that Jesus went to heaven, not hell, and that they should do whatever it takes to go to heaven, too. From this point of view, the whole reason Jesus came was to help us rack up

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