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Beyond the Sheep

To watch  the video click Here John 10:1-11 I have noticed a change in my preaching recently. I have noticed that I am bored . . . not with the scriptures or with preaching, but with the usual way of interpreting them. I have grown weary of wading through scholarly arguments about obscure theology that may […]

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I Have Seen the Lord

You can watch a storytelling version of the scripture Here You can watch the sermon Here John 20:1-18 A biblical scholar I read this week said he is always surprised that so many people go to church on Easter. He said it’s really not Christianity 101. Easter is more of an advanced course—something you only understand by […]

Hold On to Love: A Musical for Good Friday

You can watch the video of our Good Friday musical, Hold On to Love, here: https://youtu.be/dIv_c2a32so  

Faces in the Crowd

You can watch the storytelling and sermon here: https://youtu.be/G3oIBlVmLgk Matthew 21:1-11 Preachers vary on their approach to this day. For some it has always been and will always be Palm Sunday, and that’s all. But many others are now calling it Palm [slash] Passion Sunday. It used to be—or at least there is the perception that […]

Turning the Tables

You can watch the sermon here: https://youtu.be/k1oeq-Sbw8U Mark 11:15-19 You can blame Marvin Ellison for this sermon. OK, not for the sermon, but for the scripture choice. You see, I was meeting with Marvin back in January, and I told him about our Lenten theme, how we would hold on to things rather than give them […]

The Bucketless and the Bold

Click here to watch the biblical storytelling and sermon John 4:3-29, 39-42 Whenever I preach on this text, I always have to start by explaining who this woman was not because the church has done terrible things to her over the years. We hear that she’d had five husbands, and culturally, our minds go one of two places: either Elizabeth Taylor, with her seven […]

Persistent Hope

Watch the sermon here Mark 5:24-34 A large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and […]

We won’t give up

Click here to watch the sermon Mark 4:35-41 In the passage preceding ours for this morning, Jesus had been teaching by the sea. Such a large crowd gathered around him that they were pressing in on him, and he had to get into a boat and teach from there. Our story picks up that evening. The story of God for the […]

Clouds of Uncertainty

  Matthew 17:1-9 There are some scriptures that, when we hear them read, we see them like a movie in our heads. The story of the Transfiguration is one of those scriptures. It starts with Jesus and three of his disciples going up on a mountain. We have no trouble imagining this. Even if we […]

You can watch the sermon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcXpBAY34jM&feature=youtu.be Matthew 5:38-48 In the early 1900s, Japanese Americans and other Asians in the U.S. suffered a great deal from prejudice and racially-motivated fear. There were laws preventing Asian Americans from owning land, voting, and testifying against whites in court. In early 1941, President Roosevelt secretly commissioned a study to […]

Demanding Light

You can watch the sermon here:  https://youtu.be/IZv8zOn7tbI Matthew 5:13-20 Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller was a Lutheran pastor and theologian in Germany. Historically, he is a complicated figure. He was a national conservative, like most protestant ministers in Germany at the time, and as such was an early supporter of Adolph Hitler. He said that he […]

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 […]

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