Sermons on “Matthew”

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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The Light Of The World

Our confirmation students provided the theme for our Lenten services this year.  They fill out confirmation credit sheets, reflections on their service, learning, or worship experiences.  They also get to ask questions on these sheets.  So many of them asked such good questions that Abby, our youth director, started to gather them up in categories.

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Less Than God – Ash Wednesday

Today marks a holy day in the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday. It’s historically a day for Christian reflection and penitence. It’s a day where we sit with the weight of our mortality and our sin, and let it sink in.

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The Heartache of Jesus

When Mark asked if I would consider preaching my first weekend serving as your intern I said “Yes!” but was in all honesty a bit intimidated. As a member of this congregation for just over a year, I do know a bit more about this community than some, perhaps. Yet to speak to you right out of the gate?! Thankfully Mark encouraged me to choose a text and to preach on something meaningful to me. So that is what I’ll try to do this morning.

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Where the Heart Is

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator and our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you have been in and out the last few weeks, we are on week 4 of our seven week sermon series on the elements of worship.  So far, we’ve covered communion, the sermon, and last week, we talked about music – why we bother singing hymns and listening to the organ.  Today, we are tackling something different, something that might be uncomfortable for some to consider – and that is the offering. 

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Stepping Into the Arena of Faith

Over the past few years, I have seen a rise in articles and blog posts about something called imposter syndrome. It is a term that was coined by two psychologists in the 1970s[1], and is defined as “a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in face of information that indicates that the opposite is true.”[2] In other words, it’s when a person feels like a fraud, when they doubt their capabilities, when they doubt themselves.

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Left Behind

I have already been told several times this past week that people are excited to hear a sermon about the rapture. I can honestly say that it’s the first time in my experience as a preacher that someone has actually told me in advance that they’re excited to hear a sermon. But that level of interest and anticipation points to the curiosity and concern about the very subject we’re talking about today: the rapture.

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So What Now?

It has been a week. Seven days since our celebration of the glorious resurrection on Easter morning. We have worked through the left over ham. The eggs have been found, some probably broken or lost. Your Easter best has returned to the closet. The relatives have gone home, or you yourself have come back from vacation. School is back in full swing. And if you are good at pacing, you are still working through some Easter candy. So now what?

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God Chose Life

The Resurrection. This event is the pinnacle of the Christian faith. What we proclaim, confess and celebrate every single Sunday morning in worship. This moment which transcends all earthly explanation is what brings us here this Easter morning. We gather to celebrate the risen Lord. But what does that all mean? Why is this such a big deal, what statement does one person’s return to life really mean in the whole scheme of things? In our modern context with thousands of philosophies and answers, what makes the Resurrection of Jesus worth proclaiming, what are we really saying when we declare Christ risen?

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An Unpredictable Easter

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

If someone asks you tomorrow; how was your Easter? What will you say, how will you respond?

Will you give predictable answers?

The music was great and the sermon too long.

The church was full of people and the lilies were beautiful.

Children were all dressed up and I even saw a couple of Easter bonnets.

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