The Widening Circle of Care

August 26th, 2018

The Widening Circle of Care Proverbs 12:10 August 26, 2018  Everything I read about Jesus of Nazareth says that he stood with open arms and open eyes, with an open heart and and open mind, and searched for the person who was being overlooked or ignored.  When he found them, he made a beeline to them,


An Evolving Understanding

August 19th, 2018

An Evolving Understanding Mark 8:1-10 August 19, 2018 So, the Bible is the collected history and stories and poetry of centuries of faithful people. In this book, people reflect with incredible honesty on all sorts of human issues: temptation and sibling rivalry and adultery and power and despair and triumph and tragedy. You name it.


Making a Mess of Things

August 13th, 2018

Making a Mess of Things Mark 7:31-37 August 12, 2018 A week ago, I had my annual dermatology appointment.  As a formerly fair-haired (now “no-haired”), light-skinned (now red skinned) person, I am the poster child for people who really should have a very close relationship with their dermatologist…which I do!  I go to his office and answer


A Woman Empowered

August 4th, 2018

A Woman Empowered Mark 7:24-30 August 5, 2018 In chapter six of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus is on his home turf, on the Jewish side of the Sea of Galilee.  However, he has taken some real hits.  He preaches at his home synagogue, only to be heckled and nearly killed.  He receives the news that John


Restoring Sight

July 28th, 2018

Restoring Sight Mark 10:46-52 July 29, 2018 Our text, this morning, takes place in Jericho, a very famous city in the history of Israel.  This was Normandy.  This was Gettysburg. This was a battleground that carried serious meaning.  This was the place where in the people’s earliest days, against all the odds, they won a battle and began


Calming the Storm

July 22nd, 2018

Calming the Storm Mark 4:34-51 (Using the Translation, “The Message”) July 22, 2018 So, this has been a busy week. The old manse was dismantled by huge machines with great grace, sorting metal and wood and stone as they went. There were a couple of pastoral care challenges. The church computer system was reconfigured. Jill


A Time for Everything

July 15th, 2018

A Time for Everything Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 July 15, 2018 I was laughing a while ago with someone who is about my age.  We were trying to figure out when we began to wake up with the proverbial middle-aged groan.  There was a time that none of us were smart enough to appreciate when we were almost never


The Prodigal’s Brother

July 9th, 2018

The Prodigal’s Brother Luke 15:25-32 July 8, 2018 So, a few weeks ago, I preached a sermon about the prodigal son’s father.  In Jesus’ parable, we spend time thinking about the prodigal son who did the unimaginable and told his father that instead of waiting around for his father to die, he would like to just


“What, then, shall we do?”

June 24th, 2018

“What, then, shall we do?” Matthew 25:34-40 June 24, 2018 So, I feel the need to have a little review this morning.  The moment that Mary, the mother of Jesus, learned that she was pregnant, she not only was violating the law but she lawfully could have been sentenced to be stoned to death.  Of course, she


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


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