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Where You Least Expect It: Sermon for July 20, 2014

Genesis 28:10-19 When I was in college I had a chaplain who was a Methodist minister who had grown up in south Georgia. He’d gone north for seminary and thought he’d stick around but around the time he graduated the Civil Rights movement was starting to heat up in the South. And so, he decided […]


Grace, Gratitude, and a Good Church: Sermon for June 22, 2014

Note: This is the final sermon I delivered as pastor of West Dover Congregational Church. Philippians 1:3-7 I thank my God every time I remember you, 4 constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5 because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. […]


Ascending: Sermon for June 1, 2014

Acts 1:6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 1:7 He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 1:8 But you will receive power when the […]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (copyright, US Holocaust Museum)

Remembering the Stones: Sermon for May 18, 2014

Acts 7:55-60 7:55 But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 7:56 “Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 7:57 But they covered their ears, […]

The Congregational Church in Exeter, NH

Emmaus Hearts: Sermon for May 5, 2014

I’ve been behind on posting sermons for the last couple of months as I’ve been preparing to move. But, here’s one from Sunday, May 5th, when we explored the Emmaus text. It also happened to be the sermon I preached before the vote to call me as the new pastor of The Congregational Church in […]


The Starting Line: Sermon for Easter Sunday, 2014

You can listen here: http://revheath.podomatic.com/entry/2014-04-20T18_05_17-07_00 Or read below: Matthew 28:1-10 28:1 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 28:2 And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the […]


Between Sundays: A sermon for Palm Sunday, and beyond.

Matthew 21:1-11 21:1 When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 21:2 saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 21:3 If […]


Shaking Up the Living in the Valley of the Dead: Sermon for April 6, 2014

Read below, or listen here: http://revheath.podomatic.com/entry/2014-04-06T16_00_44-07_00 Ezekiel 37:1-14 37:1 The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 37:2 He led me all around them; there were very many lying in […]

David Anointed by Samuel, from a synagogue in Syria, 15th Century. (This image is in the public domain.)

What God Sees, and What We Miss: Sermon for March 30, 2014

Listen to an audio version here: http://revheath.podomatic.com/entry/2014-03-30T16_09_33-07_00 1 Samuel 16:1-13 16:1 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king […]


Nicodemus and the Questions that Keep Us Up at Night: Sermon for March 16, 2014

We have all had questions that have kept us up at night. Nicodemus, a man who came to talk to Jesus in the middle of the night, was no exception. He wondered about who Jesus was, and what faith meant, just like we do. In a way, Nicodemus’ story is a lot like our own. […]