Sermon – December 10, 2006

I would love to have John the Baptist’s job, wouldn’t you?  Think of how fun it would be to have license to thunder down judgment on the deserving. While most of us wrinkle our brow and talk quietly and earnestly about how difficult it is to speak the judgment of God, we take secret delight in doing … [Read more...]

Sermon – May 7, 2006

We Meet Again We meet again, old friend!  Didn’t you feel a little like that when we chanted the 23rd Psalm together?  That’s our psalm!  And it is an old friend, a true blue, lifelong friend.  We’ve memorized it, contemporized it and set it to music and prayed it.  It’s followed us into the … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 9, 2006

Mark 11: 1-11  A Dissonant Day Today is Palm and Passion Sunday.  This is the closest thing we get to experiencing multiple personalities around here.  Today, schizophrenia reigns at church.  On one hand, we celebrate today as no other because Jesus rides into Jerusalem amid shouts of joy and … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 26, 2006

In Peter's Eyes Mark 9:2-9 Transfiguration 2006   The Transfiguration story is one that leaves us breathless. What are we to think and how are we to interpret this miracle on the mountaintop?  Perhaps it would be easier for us to imagine what it was like in the eyes of a loyal disciple?  … [Read more...]

Sermon – February 12, 2006

Just Do It! Some things in life we can only learn by taking a leap of faith.  It’s kind of like having a kid…you don’t know how it’s going to be, you just have to trust in God that God will guide you and direct you as a parent.  Another example would be when you first learned how to ride a bike. Do … [Read more...]

Sermon – August 28, 2005

Choosing the Cross Matthew 16:21-28   There’s a story that comes to mind that I ran across a while ago that makes me scratch my head in bewilderment…and yet it’s a story that may well represent the “give-us-what-we-want” culture in which we now live.  A church wanted to improve … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 31, 2012

Enough Matthew 14: 13-21 I have a pretty good theory that the most perfect food, an item that provides nourishment for body, mind, and spirit is a bowl of macaroni and cheese.  I have felt this way since I was a wee whipper-snapper. When I’m feeling a little depressed or lonely or down, when … [Read more...]

Sermon – July 17, 2005

The Weed Eater There’s a story that tells of a woman a few years ago who noticed a few bees buzzing around the attic of her home.  Since there were only a few, she made no effort to deal with them.  Over the summer the bees continued to fly in and out of the attic vent while the woman remained … [Read more...]

Sermon – June 12, 2005

The Ultimate Sign-Up A young woman squirmed uncomfortably in the cushioned chair to which she had been directed by the receptionist.  Not only was she nervous about the impending job interview, but the shuttle service which had provided transportation from the airport to this office building had … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 28, 2004

This is Peter. He’s a piece of paper. He lived for several weeks on the floor in the church youth room. Life wasn’t too bad for Peter, then. He could just sit and talk for hours with Uncle Milk Dud’s box, and then maybe catch a passing gush of air to go and talk to the cutest little skittles wrapper … [Read more...]