Sermon – September 29, 2019 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Lazarus and the rich man There is a truly unfortunate form of Christianity these days that makes the claim that God wants us to be rich, and that our riches, thus, are evidence of God’s blessing. So, the implication seems to be, pursue wealth in order to demonstrate God’s favor. That is such an … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 22, 2019 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

“Sweat the Small Stuff” On more than one occasion in my days as a journalist, my news director would look over my copy and tell me that I had buried the lead. That's Newspeak for not getting the most important fact in the most important place, at the top of the story. I think in this story today, … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 15, 2019 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

The Character of God Having been around town for 19 years, I’ve come to know quite a few people in the community who don’t belong to St. Matthew.  Not surprisingly, our conversations with these folks often turn to church and when they do, I will sometimes invite people to visit our fellowship.  … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 1, 2019 – Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

  A Place at the Table I am beginning to clean out some of the cluttered corners of my desk where I would stuff notes to myself, or ideas for sermons, or reminders of something that I probably forgot to do. I found one other day from Mr. Rogers who said, “when I was a boy and I heard … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 25, 2019 – Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

  A Sabbath Healing I turned 65 on Friday and I was delighted to be reminded again that studies show that older Americans who engage in daily prayer, Bible study and go to church on Sunday have lower blood pressure.   That study goes on to say that those who watch television … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 18, 2019 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

  A Family Affair I wonder if I told you the story about the woman who thought she was a princess.  I don’t remember her name, it was something like Cosmina, and she was convinced that she was a direct descendant and heir to the throne of Romania.  She lived in a studio apartment from … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 28, 2019 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

  The Lord’s Prayer Looks to me like people are still having hard time figuring out how to pray. I did a little check of available resources. I found “five tips on how to pray”, ‘nine steps on how to pray (with pictures)”, “six tips for praying”, “six easy steps to prayer,” “five steps to … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 7, 2019 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

I don’t how many of you read my newsletter article that came out this week, but if you have not, I would urge you to do so.  What I shared in that article were some observations by a wise bishop from Iowa, Bishop Michael Burk, who has identified what he sees as key marks, key characteristics, key … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 9, 2019 – Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday Wow!  The Pentecost story is quite a show. It’s almost as though it were choreographed by some Hollywood producer who was keyed into what trips our trigger, what keeps our attention. We have pyrotechnics…… Flames dancing on the heads of the gathered…… We had a powerful wind that … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 2, 2019 – Seventh Sunday after Easter

  Breaking the Cycles I saw on CNN that a conservative activist recruiting students at Berkley was punched out by an unidentified person, apparently another student.  Last week the editor of an Alabama newspaper wrote that the Klan should ride again an string up folks he called “communist … [Read more...]