Earlier this year I was researching my mom’s grandparents, my mom’s mom’s family, and I found my great-grandfather’s application for citizenship in this country. My grandmother’s parents emigrated from Italy in the early 1900’s and they settled in Maine. They … Continue reading Translating the Gospel: Sermon for Pentecost, June 4, 2017
This sermon is available as a podcast at iTunes. John 14:15-21 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. … Continue reading Confirmation Rules: Sermon for May 21, 2017
An audio version of this sermon may be heard here or downloaded as a podcast on iTunes. Acts 7:55-60 7:55 But filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at … Continue reading Good King Wenceslas: Sermon for May 14, 2017
To listen to a recording of this sermon, click here. Or, subscribe on iTunes and receive each week’s sermon automatically. John 10:1-10 10:1 Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs … Continue reading Wolves in Shepherds’ Clothing: Sermon for May 7, 2017
An audio recording of this sermon is available here or can be downloaded as a podcast at iTunes. I like to think that I’m perceptive. When I was in middle school I had a teacher who would praise me for … Continue reading Recognizing Jesus on the Path: Sermon for April 30, 2017
II Timothy 1:3-14 3 I’m grateful to God, whom I serve with a good conscience as my ancestors did. I constantly remember you in my prayers day and night. 4 When I remember your tears, I long to see you … Continue reading Hold On and Protect This Good Thing: Sermons for the Vermont Conference of the UCC’s Annual Meeting, 2017
Recently a person unknown to me posted his “resistance” oriented event on the Facebook wall of my church. It wasn’t clear what the event entailed and it seemed that it might cross the line into partisan territory. The poster’s profile … Continue reading Why your church (and pastor) can’t be partisan.