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

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

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