Journey Through Lent: Day 17

When I hear the words “healing service” my first thoughts are not very positive ones. I think about the services that televangelists in the 80’s sometimes had where someone would come onstage and they would reach out their hands and cry “be healed!” and then suddenly the person would be knocked to the floor and rise again without their crutches, or suddenly be able to see again, or hear again. I thought it was hokey and fake back them, and I’d still run the other way today from any preacher who told me they could do that. Because healing doesn’t … Continue reading Journey Through Lent: Day 17

Beyond Thank You Notes – Sermon for October 28, 2012

Mark 10:46-52 10:46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 10:47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 10:48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 10:49 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, … Continue reading Beyond Thank You Notes – Sermon for October 28, 2012

Jesus, America, and the Bullies on the Bus – A sermon for July 1, 2012

Mark 5:21-43 5:21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 5:22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 5:23 and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 5:24 So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 5:25 Now there was a … Continue reading Jesus, America, and the Bullies on the Bus – A sermon for July 1, 2012

Go Jump in the River – Sermon for February 12, 2012

2 Kings 5:1-14 5:1 Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favor with his master, because by him the LORD had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy. 5:2 Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife. 5:3 She said to her mistress, “If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.” 5:4 So Naaman went in and … Continue reading Go Jump in the River – Sermon for February 12, 2012