Sermon – December 23, 2001 – God is With Us

December 23, 2001 Fourth Sunday of Advent God is with us This has been a tough season of headlines. Somedays they are so thick you can almost trip over them. . . war and chaos, anthrax, terrorism, recession. In this last leg of our journey toward the manger, we have had troublesome turns of … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 9, 2001 – The Wilderness Reformed

December 9, 2001 Second Sunday of Advent The Wilderness Reformed I’m dating myself a bit here, but one of my favorite televisions shows when I was growing up was Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom”, narrated by Marlin Perkins. Remember that? For those of you who are chronologically challenged, it … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 25, 2001 – Christ the King Sunday

November 25, 2001 Christ the King Sunday Luke 16:19-31 Well, I woke up at 3:30 in the morning last Saturday to view the meteor shower, to no avail. The clouds interrupted our plans, didn’t they? I did not see it, but I heard it was spectacular in the places it could be seen. A celestial 4th … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 28, 2001 – Freedom and Truth

October 28, 2001 Freedom and Truth This week you no doubt heard that NASA put an orbitor into orbit around the planet Mars. So far , so good. Over the next three years, this mission will study the mineral and radiation and water content on the Red Planet. Much is at stake. It was a trip of 286 … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 14, 2001 – Healing of the Ten Lepers

October 14, 2001 Healing of the Ten Lepers This is the time of year when I begin to get itchy feet. It is fall, and for much of my professional life, that meant it was campaign time, election time. It is the time of year, each year, that the political machines are humming along. I still feel … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 7, 2001 – Faith Like a Mustard Seed

October 7, 2001 Faith Like a Mustard Seed Praying is alot like fishing. You gotta go where the fish are. You can’t roller-skate in a buffalo herd, as the song says. To pray you have to go into the presence of God in faith. Sometimes when you go fishing, you get what you went for, sometimes you … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 30, 2001 – Lazarus and the Rich Man

September 30, 2001 Lazarus and the Rich Man Luke 16:19-31 Do you recall what a shell game is? It is a ruse to relieve you of your money. Someone with some sleight of hand skills will bet you that he can hide some of your money under one of three or four shells before him, and that you cannot … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 23, 2001 – Faithful in the Fundamentals

September 23, 2001 Faithful in the Fundamentals When I was 13 years old, my friends threw me a birthday party, and together, they bought me a new guitar. It was the most amazing birthday party of my life. It was a real guitar. It was a tremendous gift, not only in the sheer generosity of the … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 16, 2001 – Jesus Seeks the Lost

September 16, 2001 Jesus Seeks the Lost Last Sunday we gathered here for worship in a completely different time, where evil was not so evident, and our hearts were not so heavy. That this has been a harrowing week, full of unspeakable cruelty and almost bottomless tragedy, a new and shocking … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 9, 2001 – The Power of the Cross

September 9, 2001 Luke 14:25-33 The Power of the Cross Media mogul Ted Turner is probably one of the most powerful men in the country. He is the owner of CNN, ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, TNT, and host of other interests. He has billions and he has pull. He has power. Ted Turner was once quoted … [Read more...]