Sermon – May 5, 2019 – Third Sunday after Easter

  He Never Gives Up Let’s remind each other here for a second, just to be clear.    Twice before this encounter the disciples had met the risen Christ, face to face, showed them his wounds.  “We have seen the Lord!” they told Thomas.  He is alive.   They had received the gift of the … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 21, 2019 – Easter

He Is Risen! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Friends, that is what we have to share today. Jesus Christ, who was dead is alive! In our Easter story today death has receded to the shadows, has conceded his chief role in the crucifixion to now a conquered character slinking away … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday

I really don’t have a lot to add to that because this story stands on its own. But I would remind us all that in these days Jesus, in the fullness of his humanity, was denied by his closest disciple and betrayed by another in whom he had put his trust. He was misunderstood, misrepresented, mocked, … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 7, 2019 – Fifth Sunday in Lent

  Mary’s Extravagance If you made a good deal, you could pick up a new Corvette Stingray for $54,000.  A tricked out Ford King Ranch pickup would cost you about the same. If you are a new cop in Champaign, you’d be in the $54k range, a little better in Urbana. About the same for a … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 31, 2019 – Fourth Sunday in Lent

  Welcome Home Those of us who have spent any time to time in church probably heard this story 100 times. It’s one of those tales that we could tell from beginning to end probably get most of the details right. But, like most things we’ve heard time and again there is the danger that … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 24 2019 – Third Sunday in Lent

I know I’ve told some of you this story, but I thought of it this week and want to share it.. I am not making this up.  When I was in the Army, one of my drill sergeant’s names was Sgt. Panty. Now, right away you can see all sorts of problems, can’t you.  Compounding his unfortunate name, Sgt. Panty … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 10, 2019 – First Sunday of Lent

Temptation Those of you who have been around here awhile have been part of the conversation on conditional and unconditional promises.  Conditional transactions are if/then.  If you do this, they you will be rewarded.  If you don’t do this, you will be punished.  Plenty of that in the … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 3, 2019 – Transfiguration

  Down the mountain “If one wishes to eliminate uncertainty, tension, confusion and disorder from one’s life,”says priest and professor Andrew Greeley, “there is no point in getting mixed up either with Yahweh or with Jesus of Nazareth.” “Oh, Good Lord, what now?!” That might very well … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 24, 2019 – 7th Sunday after Epiphany

  Breaking the Cycles Here’s some news that won’t surprise you.  Israel and Palestine are still mixing it up.  They are still skirmishing, accusing and failing to reconcile. If we pick up a paper 20 years from now, I fear it would be the same news.  These feuds, these chronic struggles … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 10, 2019 – 5th Sunday after Epiphany

To the Moon and Back Read me a story, daddy.   Ann and I must’ve heard that request from Sophie about a thousand  times when she was a little girl. They were some of our most precious moments. Sophie had her favorites. “Where the wild things are.”” The very hungry Caterpillar.” Daddy’s favorite, … [Read more...]