Sermon Archives

August 17, 2014

No Ordinary Gospel

No Ordinary Gospel

Blind guide Pharisees, misunderstanding disciples, and a shrill Canaanite woman. Where would you expect to find great faith? How does this story read you?

August 10, 2014

Saving Hands

Saving Hands

Last week we heard the story of the feeding of the 5000, and this week we follow that story up with Jesus walking on the water and Peter trying to come to him, and needing a saving hand as he starts to sink. As we consider the question of how we can find Christ extending […]

August 3, 2014

God of Abundance

God of Abundance

Today we hear the old familiar story of the feeding of the 5000 where we are reminded of how Christ is extravagant when it comes to feeding others, not only with bread and fish, but also with his love and grace. He gives us not only what we need, but extra love and grace abound […]

July 27, 2014

Six Short Parables and Then Some

Six Short Parables and Then Some

The preacher takes a stab at creating parallel parables to the terse little stories of Jesus. Do you understand all of this?

July 20, 2014

God Does the Sorting, We Do the Mission!

God Does the Sorting, We Do the Mission!

There’s a crisis in the kingdom; someone has planted weeds into the wheat. The preacher imagines what the disciples say to Jesus after (according to Matthew) Jesus explains his parable. An allusion is made to the crisis in keeping peace in the Holy Land.

July 13, 2014

The Seed of the Word Is Sown Everywhere!

The Seed of the Word Is Sown Everywhere!

Today we have our old familiar friend, the Parable of the Sower, as our Gospel lesson. The seed in our parable today is sown everywhere! The one who has been called to sow the Word in the world made it a point to sow the seed in every kind of soil. Yet isn’t that what […]

July 6, 2014

Someone We Can Trust

Someone We Can Trust

While we may not know what lies before us, or understand all the mysteries of our world and lives, we do know that God is with us. Jesus speaks to this very issue in our Gospel lesson for today. In the beginning of our Gospel lesson, we hear Jesus acknowledge our inability to understand all […]

June 29, 2014

If He Changed My Name

If He Changed My Name

On the festival of Peter and Paul, Apostles we hear that a name change turned the tide of gospel proclamation in the early church. What if Jesus changed our name to “Martyr?” The sermon ends with an interactive singing of the African-American spiritual, “I told Jesus it would be all right if he changed my […]

June 22, 2014

When the Good News is Hard to Hear

When the Good News is Hard to Hear

Jesus’ words “Whoever loses their life for my sake will find it,” is the theme for this sermon. Our human nature is to “curve in toward oneself.” Even when we think we are faithful, we are in danger of missing the mark. Discipleship is “other directed.”

June 15, 2014

The Trinity and Relationship

The Trinity and Relationship

Today as we celebrate Trinity Sunday, we are reminded that our God is three in one. Over the ages people have tried to explain how exactly that takes place, however it ultimately is beyond our human understanding. What we do know from the Trinity however, is that we have a God that is about relationship. […]

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