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“No Other Gods”

  Watch the sermon here. Exodus 20 On the Religion News Service website, there is a blog by Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin called “Martini Judaism: For those who want to be shaken and stirred.” This is what he had to say this week: “I am usually not great at predicting things. But I can predict the sermon topic that will […]

World Communion Sunday

Watch the sermon here.   Philippians 2:1-5 As I have prepared for World Communion Sunday this week, one of my favorite communion stories from my childhood kept coming to mind. There was an old couple in our church who both had hearing problems.  I’m guessing hearing aids were not as good then as they are now, but neither one […]

The Weak and the Strong

Watch the sermon here.   Romans 14:1-12 What does the word strong mean? Give me some synonyms for strong or strength.  We tend to think first of the concept of physical power.  How else do we use the words strong or strength? Here are a few from the dictionary; let’s see if we named them all. Strength can mean […]

Genuine, Demanding Love

Watch the sermon here Romans 12:9-18 Jackie reminded me this week that if I were a fundamentalist preacher, today’s sermon would have practically written itself. What with the forest fires in the West and the hurricanes in the South, this is the perfect week to preach about God’s judgment.  If you prefer to ignore science, what better explanation can you […]

The Risk of Being Human

Watch the sermon here.   Matthew 16:13-20 Presented by Sklyer Keiter What does it mean to be human, to live a human life? I am human, you are human,Jesus was human, my dog is not human…we throw around words like humanity and humankind all the time, but what does it actually mean to be human? Well, the discipline of […]

Holding Out and Holding On

Click here for video of sermon Matthew 14:13-21 I’ve never enjoyed working with numbers. As a business major, I took a year of accounting in college, as well as economics, and I understand church budgets and finances and all of that. I got good grades in calculus and trigonometry. I could define sines and cosines, could follow instructions, could do all […]

Created Equal

Watch the sermon here Genesis 2:4-8, 18-25 Today’s sermon is going to have a higher than usual teaching-to-inspiration ratio. Usually I do a little explaining and then move on to application.  But this story has so much going on that it will take me longer than usual to get to my points. In the past few weeks we have […]

Divine Dominion

Watch the sermon here. Genesis 1:26-31 This is the first time I can remember preaching a sermon series during the summer. I wanted a break from the lectionary, and at the same time I was aware that a series could be difficult considering the influx of visitors and the sporadic attendance of our regulars during the summer months.  So […]

In God’s Image

https;//youtu.be/8VKv3-fuQ6A Genesis 1:20-28 Our passage for today is fairly long and includes the creation of sea creatures, flying creatures, and earthbound creatures. In the interest of time, I am going to skip over all these creatures, wonderful though they are, and move straight to the creation of humankind. In this story of creation, humankind is the […]

What Feeds You?

Click here to watch the sermon Genesis 1:6-19 As you know, the Bible was not written as one whole document. Even the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, was not written as one whole.  In the late 19th century, scholars identified four distinct strands of writers and editors involved in creating these books in their canonical form.  Each one […]

When God Began to Create

  Watch the sermon here A note of warning: my sermon this morning is a bit strange! It is 60% sermon, 30% poem, and 10% me just asking questions!  But it seemed fitting, as I begin a sermon series on creation, to start with a creative approach to the topic.  I promise every week won’t be like this.  My […]

Laugh Lines

Watch the sermon here Genesis 18:1-15   It’s important to understand the context of this scripture so let me give you a quick refresher. In chapter 12, when Abraham—or Abram as he was then called—is 75 years old, he receives a message from the Lord: “Go to the land I will show you. I will make of you a […]

Miracles in Hearing

To watch the video click here Acts 2:1-18 Americans are known around the world for our limited language skills. People who grow up in other countries often know multiple languages, and although they probably have a native language that is most comfortable, they are able to understand other predominate languages. The same would have been true in Jesus’ day and setting. […]

The Kindom of God

Acts 1:1-14 You can read the sermon below or watch it here: Video This is one of those biblical stories that falls into the category of—what’s the word? Is it miracle? Mystery? Fantasy? It is illogical, certainly. We earthlings are pretty familiar with the concept of gravity, and people do not take their leave by rising […]

I Will Come to You

John 14:15-21 You can read the sermon below or watch it here: https://youtu.be/2faSFc65AZk    (Watching/listening is suggested this week because it includes a guided meditation.) This passage from the Gospel According to John is from a portion of scripture that scholars call Jesus’ Farewell Discourse. In this story it is Thursday of Holy Week, the evening […]

Xenophilia

Watch the video of the sermon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dysQIsCV9pQ Ephesians 2:11-22 Imagine with me that we are members of the early church. We have gathered in the home of one of our members—the largest home because our numbers are increasing. We are all followers of Jesus, but we are not all the same. Far from it. Some […]

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