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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 […]

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 […]

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