Sermons

Sharing the Gospel

“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.”  I pray that you each have someone in your life who, every time you think of her, you thank God.  We are not Christians alone.  We are Christians in community.  We need each other to be held accountable, to be encouraged, to give us cause for thanks, to call us to praise of God.

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The Business of the Church

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

One of the things that needs to happen in a sermon is a call to action.

A sermon should move the listener to respond to God’s call in her life.

A sermon should challenge the listener so he considers his relationship with God. A sermon should invite the listener to be part of God’s work in the world.

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Shackles & Chains

Growing up as a child of the early 80’s seat belts were up-and-coming. Like many of you, I rode in my Mother’s lap as an infant until I grew big enough to ride in the backseat, without a fancy carseat. In her tin can of a VW Rabbit (yes, the motor was in the rear), my Mom was a stickler about buckling up.

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My Lord And My God!

Three months ago, at the beginning of January, when things outside felt very much like they do today, I preached on the first chapter of John’s gospel.  Jesus is calling disciples, but Nathanael, full of doubt and disdain, says, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46a). 

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Easter Isn’t Easy

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

Easter isn’t easy. We may think it is and we do our best to make it that way with the flowers, Easter baskets, the celebrations and family gatherings but the truth of the matter is that it is hard.

Look at today’s story. There are three different reactions to the empty tomb and none of them are easy.

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The Power to Lay It Down

Two weeks from today we’ll celebrate Easter. We will don this sanctuary with lilies, take out crisp, fresh springy clothes for our families, and ready our ‘Alleluias’ again. And this is all for good reason, for if pressed we Christians can undeniably point to Easter as the symbol of our faith. It is the foremost day where we proclaim: “Love wins!” “Death is conquered” and “Fear Not!”

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Pilates Good Question

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

Jesus washes the feet of his disciples and tells them they would be doing the same thing.

Judas betrays Jesus.

Jesus is arrested.

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The Choice and Challenge of Upending

Resist. Resist!  One doesn’t have to look far to see that word in today’s context. It’s on banners, lawn signs, and perhaps most notably, with a hashtag in front of the word on Twitter or Instagram.  In many ways, we are living in a time of cultural resistance.

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Witness And Denial

I like Peter a lot.  I don’t like him because he’s brave and bold, perfect and aspirational. I like him because he’s real.  I like him because he falls over all the time.  I like him because I identify with him.

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