My Lord and My God

Sometimes I liken the book of Revelation to the music young people listen to these days. If I did not have teenagers in my family, I would avoid it all. I would never listen to it. Most of us would never have read much of what we were assigned to read in school if we … [Read more…]

Believe (Easter 2013)

John 20:1-18 Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve are the two best attended worship services of the year. Some people attend church only on Christmas and Easter. Many people come for the very first time or for the first time in a long time on Christmas or Easter.  At the Christmas Eve service we tell the … [Read more…]

Contemplative Life

Luke 2:1-20, 41-52 We are all so busy, aren’t we? I wrote this sermon in a café. And as I watched people coming and going, I just kept thinking, “everybody is so busy.” There were people having lunch meetings, there were others with their laptops out working, even the people who were alone had their … [Read more…]

Should Life Be Fair?

Luke 1:46-56 This is the fourth Sunday of Lent and the fourth passage we are studying in Luke about Mary, the mother of Jesus. We are getting to know Mary, in a new way – not obscured by candlelight and the singing of Christmas carols. We are getting to know Mary’s heart – the heart … [Read more…]

The Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10-20 On Wednesday our son, Elijah, turned 17 years old which reminded me of some of his past birthdays.  On Elijah’s 3rd birthday he received a gift that changed his life, at least up to that point. He got the first of many pairs of batman pajamas. They were gray with a black cape … [Read more…]

Breathe On Me

John 20:19-31 I promised a sermon on doubt to follow up on last Sunday’s sermon. But I must first remind you that I do not have a direct line to God. I am not privileged to information that is unavailable to you. While I make a conscious effort to be open to the Holy Spirit … [Read more…]