Sermon – December 15, 2002 – A Light in the Darkness

December 15, 2002 A Light in the Darkness John 1:6-8, 19-28 Advent 3 Like most children, I had my years when I was afraid of the dark. If I forgot to turn on my night light, I would lie in the darkness and conjure up the most unimaginable evils lurking in my closet or under my bed, and I could … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 8, 2002 – Prepare the Way of the Lord

December 8, 2002 Prepare the Way of the Lord Advent 2 I read the other day that the U.S. has 4 million miles of roadways. And on those roads, in 2000 according to government statistics, American travelers covered 2.5 trillion miles. These roads go over mountains, cross rivers, descend deep … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 1, 2002 – The Door

December 1, 2002 The Door Advent 1 Ann and I have been working on our house since the day we moved in, it seems. We’re getting close to accomplishing ‘the list’ of things we just had to get done. What remains, mostly, are the doors. Doors to paint, doors to strip, doors to hang properly. I … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 17, 2002 – Gifts and Talents

November 17, 2002 All Saints Gifts and Talents One Christmas it was my turn to buy a gift for my brother. We exchanged names in our family and I got my older brother’s name, so I set out to buy him his gift. I went to the store and bought him a shirt. I was very excited about this shirt. I … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 3, 2002

November 3, 2002 All Saints Saints and Heroes Matthew 5:1-12 One day a baseball team came to play a game. Just as the game was to begin the catcher for the home team arrived and hurried into his pads. The center didn’t show up at all, but later sent his regrets. The third baseman likewise … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 20, 2002

October 20, 2002 Pentecost 22 Render Unto Caesar I have with me this morning your basic greenback. It is a dollar bill. It is something, which whether we have a lot of it a little of it, we are certainly familiar. On the face of the bill is the face of George Washington. Often referred to as … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 13, 2002

October 13, 2002 Pentecost 21 Peace Philippians 4:1-9 How many of you remember the cartoon by Gary Larsen called, "The Far Side?" One of my favorites was two panels, one was the dog owner and dog. The first panel is labeled, "What the dog owner says," something like, "Hello, Fido. Good Dog. I … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 6, 2002

October 6, 2002 Pentecost 20 Matthew 21:33-46 Now I know you kids may find this hard to believe, but at one time in my life, I was cool. Very cool. I had a 1965 Mustang 2 plus 2, that was the model with the fastback. It had a red leather interior, a 289 cubic inch high performance engine, … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 29, 2002 – Go Out Into the Vineyard

September 29, 2002 Pentecost 19 Go Out into the Vineyard Matthew 21:23-32 When I lived in Texas, one the things I most appreciated was the opportunity to put in a fall garden. . . . the chance to plant something in September with the expectation that it will actually produce something. I did … [Read more...]

Sermon – September 22, 2012

September 22, 2002 Pentecost 18 The joke goes something like this: The science graduate asks, "Why does this work?" The engineering graduate asks, "How does this work?" The sociology graduate asks, "How will this affect the rest of the community?" The accounting graduate asks, "How much … [Read more...]