Sermon Archives

October 26, 2014

Grace

Grace

The legendary account tells us that on October 31st in 1517, the priest Martin Luther defiantly nailed his protest notice to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.  These Ninety-five Theses were a list of abuses and errors that Luther understood to be a corruption of the purpose and mission of the Church.  In reality, […]

October 5, 2014

Hilarious Giving

Hilarious Giving

One morning in 1888, a Norwegian businessman opened his newspaper, flipped through the pages, and received the shock of his life: there, in black and white, he saw his own obituary.  It was all a terrible mistake, of course.  The man’s brother had died and a careless reporter, confusing the two of them, composed an […]

September 30, 2014

Not As An Exaction

Not As An Exaction

Judged by contemporary standards, the Apostle Paul employed some strange fundraising methods.  In our text, Paul encouraged the folks in Corinth to make an offering, to be diligent in stewardship, to do their best to give to the distressed saints in Jerusalem; but, curiously, he never said anything about the nature of their suffering.  What […]

September 21, 2014

What Have You Got in Your House?

What Have You Got in Your House?

What have you got in your house?  It sounds like such a simple, straightforward question.  But in the story of Elisha and the widow, that question is all the opening God needs to do something truly amazing.  The widow appeals to Elisha for help.  Her husband is dead and the family owes money.  Now the […]

September 12, 2014

Our State on Union

Our State on Union

In 1964, Bob Dylan sang, “The times, they are a-changing!”  Well, if Bob thought things were changing then, he should see things now.  The world seems to spin ever faster.  Technology is outdated almost before it hits the markets.  Take music: at home I have 8-track tapes, cassette tapes, CD, and I-tunes.  Or how about […]

August 17, 2014

What Jesus Wrote

What Jesus Wrote

Last week we asked, “Why did David choose five smooth stones from the stream when he confronted Goliath?”  That sermon sparked a great deal of conversation this week.  It seems many of people have unanswered questions about the Bible stories we’ve learned.  About midweek, someone challenged me to answer the question, “What did Jesus write […]

August 10, 2014

Five Smooth Stones, part 1

Many of the Bible’s stories are brimming with details that give us clues to God’s plan. The story of David and Goliath is no exception.  In 1 Samuel 17 we learn lots of interesting details.  For example: we have a detailed description of Goliath’s massive size (9 feet tall) and the weight of his impressive […]

July 13, 2014

The Courage of Mary

In this final sermon we’ll consider the story of the annunciation: the angelic announcement to Mary that she would give birth to the Messiah.  This account is not, strictly speaking, an event in the life of Jesus, for it happens prior to his birth.  But I chose to examine it because Mary is much like […]

July 6, 2014

The Right Hand of the Father

Here we come to the very last act of Jesus on earth – his ascension to the right hand of the Father in heaven.  This was a puzzling thing to the disciples who witnessed it – they’d seen Jesus do many miraculous things before, but this was something new – and they stood staring, dumbfounded […]

June 29, 2014

The Obedient Master

The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke all have accounts of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane; but Matthew’s version adds one significant aspect that the other two do not.  According to Matthew, when Jesus left the disciples and moved farther into the garden to pray, he began to be sorrowful and troubled (v. 37).  […]

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