Sermons from 2015

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Do You Believe in the Harvest?

I have a confession to make.  We in the church often give confusing messages about stewardship.  On the one hand we say that our identity as Christian people begins in the waters of baptism, where God meets us and claims us as God’s own.  From that moment everything that we have, everything that we are, […]

Jesus is Coming…

…whether we’re ready or not. 😉 In my sermon this weekend I told this story: When I was like 5 or 6, my family and I moved to a house just a few houses down from my grandparents on the same block. A year or two later my aunt and uncle and their kids moved […]

Celebration and Remembrance

32When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34He said, […]

Sermon Oct. 18 2015 James and John call “Shotgun”

Todays Gospel comes from Mark 10: 35-45.  James and John call Jesus aside and ask for a favor.  They want to sit at Jesus’ side when he comes into glory.  I began the sermon with an illustration from the Chrismas movie classic, “The Christmas Story.”  It centers on 9 year old Ralphie who wants a […]

Broken and Blessed

Mark 10: 2-16 2 Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?’ 3He answered them, ‘What did Moses command you?’ 4They said, ‘Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.’ 5But Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your hardness […]

Inconsequential Greatness

What are you afraid of?  Loss of a loved one?  Painful illness? Not having enough?  Being vulnerable?  Failure?  That your life will not have mattered?   What are you afraid of? I ask because I see a link between fear, faith, and greatness.  In the gospel from Mark we are told the disciples were afraid. The […]

Who is Jesus?

The other day I had my mouth all ready for chocolate.  I thought I was popping some M&M’s in my mouth and instead it was Skittles.  It was kind of a shock.  Have you ever been surprised by your expectations? I heard about this true story coming out of the Miami International Airport.  A traveler […]

“Dogs and Spit”

Blog for Sept. 6, 2015.  Mark 7: 24-37.   “Dogs and Spit” I apologize, but I’m just a tad tardy on this weeks blog.  I actually preached last Sunday.  Kind of fun and challenging lessons.  I did like my title, “Dogs and Spit.”  It reflects the two stories told for the week.  Both stories are bothersome […]

The Law as a Gift?

This last weekend, I talked about viewing God’s law as a gift from God. We remember when God gave the law to the Israelites when they were wandering in the wilderness, moving out of slavery in Egypt and waiting to enter the Promised Land. They were a people who needed guidance, consequences, governance, limits, and […]

Finding Strength

Where do you find strength? It is really not as easy of a question as it might seem. There are different kinds of strength. There is the kind of strength you summon up, to go mow the lawn, or make dinner for the kids after an exhausting day of work. There is the kind of […]