Sermon – February 9m 2020 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

I am still writing this sermon. As I speak. I have swept floors, unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, folded and put away all the clean clothes, and watered all the plants in an attempt to complete the sermon and provide all a SOLID conclusion. There is a chance each time I preach this sermon … [Read more...]

Sermon – January 19, 2020 – Second Sunday after Epiphany

I am often not a huge fan of the gospel of John. It feels like he is always shouting. It’s like reading an email written in all capitol letters.   I want to ask him – to give me a second – and back up a little bit. Give me some space. It seems like he is never asking a … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 22, 2019 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

The first thing that came to my mind when I read the gospel text is the small statue of Joseph I buried upside-down in the front of my house in Detroit, that I was desperately trying to sell in 2007, when I moved here to Champaign-Urbana to be the pastor at St. Andrew’s. There was a prayer card … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 15, 2019 – 3rd Sunday of Advent & Children’s Program

***Notice --- this was the text I started the sermon with – but things were added in the moments, much like cooking a soup based on a recipe, and then remembering you have some mushrooms that would be so great in it.  So, if when you read this text you swear you heard me say something not printed … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 17, 2019 – 6th Sunday after Epiphany

V’ahavta; you shall love the lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your might. And love your neighbor as yourself   How do we cultivate a sensation of compassion in our bodies, before our judgmental brain Makes decisions about whether it is deserved or … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 1, 2016 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Psalm 67/John 14: 23-29 I know that most of you will not come to the adult forum between services I’m going to bring a little morsel of the adult forum here. ---- opening meditation – go through layers, gratitude ---- Now you know exactly what to expect at the start of every yoga class with … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 12, 2015 – Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Some bible texts preach themselves. - Feed the hungry, forgive. Love one another. - You are a beloved child of God. Go out and make disciples. Some can be interpreted in 100s of ways, And then there is This story of Herod beheading the imprisoned John And placing his head on a platter for his … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 8, 2015 – Third Sunday in Lent

Lent 3 March 8, 2015 Today we hear the famous story of God presenting to Moses the 10 Commandments. In the chapter before this, we are told Israelites entered  Wilderness of Sinai. I think it would be appropriate and useful to name some times of our life like that. - to just put it out … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 23, 2014 Lent 3

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that … [Read more...]