Sermon Archives

September 10, 2023

World-Changing Flights

God’s flight over Egypt led to the flight of the people through the Red Sea. Together, these flights led to the liberation of the people from captivity. The people were ready for this trip, because God gave them instructions for how to eat the first Passover meal. “This is how you shall eat it,” said […]

May 28, 2023


We need to gather in numbers to be the church. Jesus is with us when we are together in community, just as he promised us in Matthew, saying, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (18:20). Assembling for community worship and Bible study gives us the most […]

May 21, 2023

Not Abandon, but Advancing

Although it may appear that Jesus abandons earth at his ascension, nothing could be further from the truth. He leaves the earth not to escape it but to rule over it. Eastern Orthodox Christians capture this spiritual reality in their paintings and mosaics of “Christ Pantocrator” (Greek, “all-powerful”). Christ Pantocrator typically inhabits the domed ceiling […]

May 14, 2023

Jesus Is Not a Quiet Quitter

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus uses an unexpected image to reveal his powerful love for his people. Speaking to the city of Jerusalem during the last week of his earthly ministry, Jesus says, “how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you […]

April 23, 2023

Well-Known Christians

When we gather as God’s people, and we delve deeply into God’s Word and “our hearts burn within us,” and we break bread together and our eyes are opened, we recognize Jesus. But how much more astonishing and remarkable and transforming it is to know that when we love the people Jesus loves, then we […]

April 16, 2023

A Little Encouragement

The opposite of being an encourager is being overly critical, dismissive, or disparaging. Recognizing our tendency to be overly critical is the first step in changing our attitude and behavior. Keith tells of sitting in a restaurant with his grown son. When the son was a teenager, he got into drugs and bad company, which […]

April 9, 2023

The Toughest Commandment

Some people might claim that the Ten Commandments are the hardest: “Remember the sabbath day… Honor you father and your mother… Do not murder… Do not commit adultery… Do shall not steal” (Exodus 20:8, 12-15). Others will say that Jesus gave the most difficult commands in his Great Commandment: “Love the Lord your God… Love […]

April 7, 2023

Separation Anxiety

On the cross, Jesus contemplated where God was and what God was doing. Then, Jesus rested for three days in the tomb. Finally, he rose on Easter morning, offering a resounding “YES!” to God’s grace-filled promise of salvation. Our “yes” comes when we look at the nail prints in his hands as did the disciple […]

April 6, 2023

Betrayal in Our Blood

The problem for Christians is that when we identify ourselves as followers of Jesus, we must step up to the plate; we must, at least, match the well-meaning behavior of god-less but good human beings. Failing that, we are open to the accusation of the servant girl, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean”…so why […]

April 2, 2023

Palm Monday

This is Palm Sunday, the day we celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. But this event happened over 2,000 years ago. Are we sure it took place on a Sunday? If you look to the Gospels for proof, you will find just a single clue in John 12, which says that six […]

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