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Surprised by How

  Watch the sermon here. Luke 1:26-38 Who, what, where, when, why. The “Five Ws” they are sometimes called, and according to Wikipedia, together they create “a formula for getting the complete story on a subject.”  They are all equally important, I’m sure, but I sometimes wonder if some of us put more emphasis on one than the others […]

Surprised by Silence

  Watch the sermon here. Luke 1:5-23 There is so much interesting background information on this text that I could preach for twenty minutes before getting to a point.  So I will try to limit my background information to three areas. First, our passage begins “In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah.” […]

My Way … Or the Highway! by Rev. J. Barrie Shepherd

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But Remember…..

Watch the video here. Deuteronomy 8:6-18 I imagine that every politician has, at least once, said something they wish they could take back. Maybe it was something inappropriate that they shouldn’t have said, or maybe it was something that just didn’t come out quite right. For Barack Obama, one of those occurred on July 13, 2012, when he got […]

It Continues to Work

Watch the sermon here. 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 This is a dangerous text to preach on during stewardship season, and especially on this day we consecrate our pledges. You see, Paul is defending his ministry by reminding the people that he doesn’t accept any payment from them, but works a regular job for a living.  You see my dilemma!  Every […]

Where God has Been

Click here to watch the sermon.   Exodus 33:12-23 Before AnnElissa and I tell the story, I want to set the scene.  When Moses went up on the mountain to talk with God and get the Ten Commandments, the people didn’t realize how long he would be gone.  They went to Aaron and said, “Come, make gods for us, who shall […]

Thou Shalt Not

Watch the sermon here.   Exodus 20:12-21 I think it’s a shame what we’ve done to and with the Ten Commandments, particularly this half of them.  We took the archaic language of the King James Version with its “Thou shalt nots,” and we made it into the voice of God, like this: Thou shalt not! We made God a […]

“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 […]

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