You’ve listened to enough of my sermons by now to know the general way I preach. I usually start with a story, and then I talk about the Scripture, and then I tie it back to the first story, and … Continue reading When Walking on Water isn’t the Goal: Sermon for August 13, 2017
My favorite books of all time are the Harry Potter books. I was an adult when they came out, and at first the idea of reading books that were written for children held no appeal. But over time everyone kept … Continue reading Gradual Transfigurations: Sermon for February 26, 2017
The following was originally delivered as the sermon at the Congregational Church in Exeter on September 13, 2015. Where I lived when I was growing up, people would sometimes try to convert others to their own particular brand of Christianity. Sometimes … Continue reading But, What Do You Think?
John 21 21 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2 Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in … Continue reading Breakfast with Jesus: Sermon for April 19, 2015
Matthew 16:13-20 16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 16:14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and … Continue reading But What Do You Think?: Sermon for 24 August 2014
Matthew 14:22-31 14:22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 14:23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself … Continue reading A Ghost Story: Sermon for August 10, 2014
A couple of weeks ago, right before Easter, we shared the stories of Holy Week. And one that we read was the story of Peter, one of Jesus’s disciples. We read about how on the night of the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples that they were all going to leave him before the night was over. And Peter said, “I’ll never do that Lord”. But Jesus tells him that by the end of the night he will not only abandon him, but Peter is going to deny that he even knew Jesus. Not just once. Not twice. But three … Continue reading A Church Built on Second Chances: Sermon for April 14, 2013