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Real or Not Real?

Click here to watch video of sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16y27dbLIOg&feature=youtu.be 1 Corinthians 1:10-17 Preachers aren’t supposed to start their sermons with long quotes. We are told it loses our audience’s attention. But I have realized that I am perfectly capable of losing your attention all by myself so why shouldn’t I give somebody else the chance?! And this […]

Visions of Greatness

Watch the sermon here, starting at the three-minute mark. Text is printed below. https://youtu.be/5aKuSQbJVd4 Isaiah 49:1-7 The blockbuster Broadway show Hamilton: An American Musical tells the story of an unlikely hero. Alexander Hamilton was the illegitimate son of a Scotsman who grew up in poverty in the West Indies. His father left when he was ten; […]

A Message in Three Parts

by Ed Saxby Luke 5:17-26 You can watch the sermon here: https://youtu.be/L83xVQl_h-s MESSAGE PART 1: “Midrash” (Ed Saxby) Shortly before the strange events we’ve just heard described, there were several friends sitting together in a house on a languid, hot afternoon in that same village.   They were eating almonds and goat cheese and enjoying a little […]

Singing Our Way

A world in turmoil. A tyrant in a position of power yet beholden to a foreign power in love with conquest. The question was when would enough be enough to challenge the system to change the system of dominance and fear. Enough was enough the people cried O come, O come, Emmanuel and ransom captive […]

The Time Is Now

Deuteronomy 15 Matthew 2   I was a strange child. This doesn’t surprise you, does it? I had strange mental games I would play. Fortunately, being an introvert, I never told anyone about these games at the time, but now I am at peace with my peculiarities, at one with my weirdness, so I am […]

Hope in the Face of Walls

Here the beginning of worship on 12/4/16: https://youtu.be/9YgCWolkICY Here is an audio of the sermon. Text is below.   Isaiah 9:2-6 This passage of scripture is familiar to many of us because of how it was immortalized in Handel’s Messiah. Those of us who have sung this piece can hardly even read the scripture in the […]

Out of the Closet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mP9yvrBUxag&feature=youtu.be  (Watch the sermon here.) Isaiah 65:17-25 As most of you know, the Revised Common Lectionary is the three-year cycle of scriptures that many Protestant churches follow throughout the church year. To tell you the truth, some weeks I look at the suggested readings and think, “Really?! That’s the best you got this week?” This week […]

Still Writing

Jeremiah 31:31-34   I preached from the book of Jeremiah three weeks ago, and the context for this week’s passage is the same. But since I know that all of you weren’t here that day, and since I know that you don’t hang on my every word and commit it to memory, I’ll give you […]

Got privilege?

2 Kings 5:1-16 As I review this story, I would like for you to think of all the elements and levels of privilege on display in the character of Naaman. First, he was a man, in a culture where only men had power. And he wasn’t just any man—he was a military commander. And he […]

Where do we start?

2 Timothy 1:1-14 World Communion Sunday originated in a Presbyterian church in Pittsburgh in 1933. The celebration “was adopted as a denominational practice in the Presbyterian Church (US) in 1936. Churches in other denominations were invited to celebrate from the beginning, but it wasn’t until 1940 when the … predecessor body of the National Council […]

Prophets, Profits, & Promise

Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 Before I read the text I need to explain the context or it won’t make any sense. For most of his ministry, Jeremiah has been the prophet of gloom and doom. He has pronounced God’s judgment upon the leaders of Judah. He has assured them that God will punish them for their […]

The Lost and the Rejoicing

Luke 15:1-10 I hate being lost. Not just dislike. I seriously hate being lost … which is a shame, because I do it rather frequently, or at least I did until smart phones came along. I am geographically impaired, directionally challenged—whatever you want to call it, you can turn me around twice and I’m lost. […]

I Was Glad

Psalm 122 This psalm is identified as a psalm of ascent. The Hebrew word translated as “ascent” can be a geographical term, describing terrain, or an architectural term meaning “step.” It is more likely, however, that this is a psalm of ascent because “In Hebrew idiom, going to the Jerusalem shrine always meant going up.” [1] […]

Say Yes — Choose Life

Deuteronomy 30:11-20 The context of this passage is pretty straight forward. It is Moses’ last speech, given after the 40 years of wandering through the wilderness, and before the people enter the Promised Land. “The failures of the past lie behind them in the desert, and the challenges of a new future lie before them […]

Small Voices

1 Kings 19:1-4, 8-15   My son is four. There are many things he doesn’t understand. “Mama, just play with me a little hour!” He has no concept of time. “Mama, when I was fifteen, I couldn’t buckle my own car seat.” He doesn’t understand age. “Mama, when can we go to the jungle to […]

Bathsheba’s Lament

2 Samuel 11 – 12:7a Our scripture starts today with 2 Samuel 11, verse 1. In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. It happened, late […]

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