Sermon Archives

October 4, 2020

This Little Light of Mine

This Little Light of Mine

The Great Commission is one of the most challenging direct commands from Jesus in the New Testament. If you thought loving your neighbor as yourself was difficult, if you thought loving the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength was difficult, if you thought not casting the first stone was difficult, Jesus’ final […]

September 27, 2020

Reconciling in a Pandemic

Reconciling in a Pandemic

Today is the third in a series of four Sundays on being the church during a pandemic. The people who planned this series observed that, “our congregation’s routines, structures, and gatherings have been disrupted.” They asked the pastors to craft sermons about “the practices, rituals, and structures that will serve us well into the future.” […]

September 20, 2020

the Church, formed

the Church, formed

Before I begin, I want you to know that I prepared this sermon in Berkey’s first and second grade Sunday school classroom. When I opened the door, chimes hanging on the door welcomed me inside. You know what? I’d like chimes to ring whenever I enter a room. I felt good in that space. I […]

September 13, 2020

the Church, gathered

the Church, gathered

In the verses just preceding our passage from Matthew, Jesus told his disciples to watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees. The disciples were confused by that, at first, they thought Jesus was talking about bread. But they soon figured it out. Those Pharisees and Sadducees were the religious leaders of that […]

September 6, 2020

A Two-Handed Theology

A Two-Handed Theology

I have had a really difficult time loving my neighbor lately. I mean that both in the literal and more metaphorical sense. I don’t understand the point of view of my actual neighbor. She tells me about how our current pandemic has been planned, because she saw “Plandemic” before the media shut it down. She […]

August 23, 2020

The Joseph Project and Jesus

The Joseph Project and Jesus

I A while back I had a Christian friend in another state who was an avid supporter of one of the two major political parties in the United States. He gave large donations to candidates of his political party and to political action committees that supported his party. Since he was a moderately wealthy person, […]

August 16, 2020

Reconciling Christ

Reconciling Christ

Before we feast on the scripture before us this morning, let me set the table for you. After his brothers sold him into slavery Joseph – in an incredible turn of events – winds up in Egypt and becomes Pharaoh’s right hand man, the second in command, the overseer of the land. Now, there’s a […]

August 9, 2020

Wet Feet First

Wet Feet First

Many people didn’t know it was possible, but, against all odds, I’ve done it: I have crossed another threshold of pandemic fatigue. And, you know, based on several conversations that I have had, I’d guess the same is true for many of you.  Last week felt like a very long month. I’m going to do […]

August 2, 2020

The Most Amazing Thing

The Most Amazing Thing

When I was younger, my brother Steve was obsessed with professional wrestling. He would save all his money so he could watch a special pay per view of Wrestlemania every year, and every Monday night he would tune in for hours (or at least it felt like hours) to see these grown men in elaborate […]

July 26, 2020

The Difference of Little Things

The Difference of Little Things

The problems we face today are large and many. Item #1: In healthcare, the number of Covid cases has been surging in many places across the globe, including the United States. The surge of cases is so strong that some people are no longer talking about a first wave and a second wave, but are […]

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