“Resolutions” – Sermon for New Year’s Day, 2012

Luke 2:22-40 2:22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 2:23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 2:24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.” 2:25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, … Continue reading “Resolutions” – Sermon for New Year’s Day, 2012

“Different Kind of Business, Different Kind of Owner” – Sermon for Sept. 18, 2011

Like many of you, I’ve had reason to talk to FEMA this past week. We were concerned about a few very minor things with the church building, and we wanted to be on the safe side, so we registered. One step in the registration was having to sit at that table, and call in to a call center somewhere to talk to an agent. When I got her on the phone, the conversation went something like this: Her: Are you the business owner? Me: No. I’m the pastor. Her: Well, who owns the business? Me: Well, we’re a church, so … Continue reading “Different Kind of Business, Different Kind of Owner” – Sermon for Sept. 18, 2011

Loaves, fish, and you. – A sermon for August 31, 2011

I’ve been watching what is going on in Washington this past week. The debate about the debt ceiling and what we should do now has been all over the news. It’s inescapable. Now, don’t be alarmed. I’m not about to preach about politics. The fact is I have no idea how we solve this problem, and I’m not sure anyone in Washington does either.   But as I listened to the news this week and read this passage, I was struck by the fact that both had to do with crowds of people in need, and few resources to go … Continue reading Loaves, fish, and you. – A sermon for August 31, 2011

The Widest Welcome – Sermon for June 26, 2011

Matthew 10:40-42 10:40 “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.   10:41 Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous;   10:42 and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple — truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”   ———-   In college one of our chaplains was … Continue reading The Widest Welcome – Sermon for June 26, 2011

“On the Road to Emmaus” – sermon for May 8, 2011

Luke 24:13-35 24:13 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 24:14 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 24:15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 24:16 but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 24:17 And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. 24:18 Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem … Continue reading “On the Road to Emmaus” – sermon for May 8, 2011

“Faith, Doubt and Everything in Between” – Sermon for May 1, 2011

John 20:19-31 20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 20:22 When he had said this, he breathed on them and said … Continue reading “Faith, Doubt and Everything in Between” – Sermon for May 1, 2011