Sermon – December 24, 2003 – A Night of Hope

Well, here we are, finally. We’ve gone to a lot of trouble to get here tonight, a lot of trouble over the past few weeks to get to Christmas Eve. We’ve finally arrived at this much anticipated night. The season gets us busy from our living rooms to the board rooms. Businesses over the past … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 18, 2003 – Waiting

Waiting… It’s so much fun, isn’t it? Think back over the course of the past month, the past week, or even the past day, and think about how much you have waited. Maybe it has been standing in line at the grocery store with a cart full of food that is waiting to be baked, chopped and sprinkled for … [Read more...]

Sermon – December 14, 2003 – The Times They Are A Changin’

was driving down the road the other day, and I heard a song from that great writer of Advent hymns . . . Bob Dylan. It’s seems funny that I would have to explain who Bob Dylan is, but I suppose I do with all these years that have passed since he awed the world in the 60s. Bob Dylan was a song writer … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 30, 2003 – Peaceful Path

I came upon a bit of odd news the other day. People are healthier in bad economic times. Good health declines in good economic times. An economist named Christopher Ruhm did a study that showed that the death rate dropped in states where the unemployment rates went up. And then he … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 23, 2003 – Christ the King

I have noticed that the fact of American casualties, people killed in the war, are lately being relegated to maybe the 3rd story of our broadcasts, or maybe page two of the paper, or at least below the fold. That signals to me that we might be getting used to it. That it might be less shocking to … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 9, 2003 – Giving Our Best

I know that you can’t see this, but I have shared this with some of you. This is a widow’s mite. A lepton, it was called. A very small brass coin, the smallest coin in use during the time of Jesus. It wouldn’t buy you much. It would take four of them probably, to buy a loaf of bread. You might … [Read more...]

Sermon – November 2, 2003 – The Fear In Between

Today is All Saint’s Sunday. It is a Sunday we celebrate every year, but I not so sure that all of us always know what it is all about. Well, All Saints Day has been around the church since at least the 7th century, originally as a time to honor the martyrs of the church. By that time in the history … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 19, 2003 – The Journey

In about two months, the final chapter of the epic film, "The Lord of the Rings" is due to hit the theaters. I can hardly wait. It is an inspirational story of the triumph of good over evil, of the suffering that that journey entails, of the risks of remaining true, and of the hope for all of God's … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 12, 2003

People in the gospel of Mark, and Jesus' ministry in general, approached him two primary reasons. The Pharisees and Sadducees, those with whom he contended over the theological issues, would approach him to test and challenge. "Teacher, is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife," that was a test. … [Read more...]

Sermon – October 5, 2003 – Divorce

The church leadership team at another parish I served was off on a retreat to lay out hopes and dreams for the coming year.  Midway through the meeting, there was a knock on the door. “Michael is out in his pickup and he needs to speak with you.”  I walked outside and found this young man leaning on … [Read more...]