Sermon – December 9, 2018 – Second Sunday of Advent

  Prepare the Way of the Lord My daughter was telling me about a classmate who was riding his bike to school on Pennyslvania the other day, hit a pothole, flipped his bike, shattered his helmet and broke his arm.  Yikes.  It’s tough out there. Reminds me of a story I read in the … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 2, 2018 – First Sunday of Advent

  Lift Up Your Heads My dad has been a lot on my mind these past days after that article you may have seen in the paper, where I was interviewed for the “Those Who Served” feature. In that conversation, I mentioned that one of the reasons I served was out of respect for my dad, a WW2 … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 25, 2018 – Christ the King

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come…Amen.                             (Rev 1:4b) Today is the last Sunday of this church year. It is the day we celebrate Christ the King Sunday, the Reign of Christ. Living in the United States of America, we have no king, no … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 18, 2018 – Commitment Weekend

Y’all Come I’m pretty sure that the Bible was not written by some guy down in South Mississippi. Real sure of that, but it seems like Scripture is written with a southern accent. Whether it’s the prophets, or the apostles, or Jesus, most of the instructions and admonitions and direction are … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 11, 2018 – Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Appeal Sunday Keeping the Faith The story about the widow’s mite is often used, awkwardly, as a stewardship text to admonish the listeners to give like the widow gave.  ” if this poor widow could get everything that she has can’t you give a little more?” While that may be useful, I think it … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 4, 2018 – All Saints Weekend

All Saints The Light Shines Through I have been thinking all week about what we celebrate this Sunday.  Thinking about the saints in my life, wondering about yours.  Humming “For All the Saints.” It occurs to me that this list is getting longer, as it probably should be. Some of them are my … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 28, 2018 – Reformation & 75th Anniversary Celebration

  I have come to understand that I most often see my prayers answered in my rearview mirror. Looking back, I can more clearly and recognize the hand of God once I am through something. Unless we are completely blind, today we look back in our rearview mirror and perceive the work of the Holy … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 21, 2018 – Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost

  The Message So, this psychologist tells a story about coming home from work one day and having his car struck by lightning. He said it was bizarre and frightening experience and when he got home, he told his teenage son about it, expecting a little sympathy.   And his son said, “wow, … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 14, 2018 – Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost

  The Rich Young Man I had the heady experience one time in seminary to be an invited along with some PhD students to dine at the home of my New Testament professor Dr. Ed Krentz.   Dr. Krentz was one of those professors one felt privileged to learn from and we held him in some cautious … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 7, 2018 – Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

Kingdom Relationships Wow   that’s a lot to have to deal with. This text comes around every three years and I find it very difficult to preach on because it is so harsh, it seems. So hard to hear, because the fact is 50 percent of marriages fail and end in divorce, and that hurts. If this was … [Read more...]