Sermons

July 15, 2018: Justice

We’re back in the gospel according to Luke this morning, as we continue our series focusing on Jesus’ parables and how his original hearers would’ve experienced these stories. The story that Luke offers us today is a little bit odd, in that the punch line isn’t...

July 8, 2018: The Gateway to Community

We continue this morning in our series on Jesus’ parables, focusing specifically on Jesus’ original audience would’ve heard these stories. To help us do that, I’m continuing to lean the book Short Stories by Jesus, by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. Dr. Levine is Jewish, and she...

July 1, 2018: Compassion Is Always Close-Up

Throughout July, we’re going to be taking a look at Jesus’ parables from the gospel of Luke – paying specific attention to how those parables would’ve been heard by their original audience. So I’ll be drawing heavily on a book titled Short Stories by Jesus, by Dr....

June 24, 2018: Normal is a Setting on the Dryer

We’re backing up a little bit in the story of Samuel this week—I fiddled a little bit with our scheduled readings from the lectionary, because I think this one is important enough to go back to. We’re in chapter 8, where Samuel, who was called by God as a prophet and...

June 3, 2018: Change of Plans

Today, we’re going to hear a piece of Scripture that we don’t get to hear very often—from 1 Samuel, this is the call of Samuel, who was a priest and a judge over Israel, just before the time of the kings. But in order to fully understand what’s going on here, we need...

May 27, 2018: Baptism By Fire

Today, we celebrate Trinity Sunday—the day we set aside a little time to think our way through what exactly it means that God is Three in One and One in Three. Being that this is one of the deepest mysteries of the Christian faith, we’re not going to get all the...

May 20, 2018: An Unfinished Story

Today, we pick up the story we’ve been following all year in the book of Acts, which Luke set up for us last week. And, for once, we find that the disciples actually followed directions! They stayed together in Jerusalem, and they were celebrating the Jewish festival...

May 13, 2018: To Become

The piece of Scripture we’re about to hear from the gospel according to Luke will sound familiar to some of you—we heard part of it a few weeks ago in worship, just after Easter. But today, we’re going to get the rest of the story and flesh out just how we get from...

May 6, 2018: The Toughest People to Love

Today, we continue in the gospel according to John—picking right up where we left off last week in the middle of Jesus’ farewell discourse, as he prepares his disciples for his death and resurrection and continues to encourage us to abide in him. Scripture: John...

April 29, 2018: The Love Abides

Our Scripture today comes again from the gospel according to John. This is part of what scholars call Jesus’ ‘farewell discourse’—in which he tries to prepare his disciples for his death and resurrection. And in true Jesus form, he doesn’t give a list of specific...