Sermon – May 10, 2020 – Fifth Sunday after Easter

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Do not be afraid. Fear not. You probably have heard that Jesus says something to the effect “do not be afraid” about 70 bajillion times through out the bible. Probably you were given a more exact number by a different style of preacher than I, but for the … [Read more...]

Sermon – April 19, 2020 – Second Sunday of Easter

Today we hear the resurrection story of Jesus appearing to the disciples and showing them the wounds in his hands and side. He has to make a second appearance so that Thomas can see for himself.   The end of this text states “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 22, 2020

John 9:1-8/ Psalm 23 Grateful Despites Meditation Sitting up nice and tall, soften your jaw, let your breath get nice and easy. -Notice the chair underneath your bottom and the floor underneath your feet. Trust that they are both holding you up and you don’t need to hold yourself … [Read more...]

Sermon – March 1, 2020 – First Sunday in Lent

TEMPTATIONS   Jesus led into the wilderness by the spirit, Despite not eating for 40 days , It all seems too neat & tidy, like he was part of a Boy Scouts for Men program. Immediately following your baptism, Jesus you will be accompanied to the Wilderness by the Spirit, where … [Read more...]

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...]