Sermon of January 4, 2015–“Day Dreaming”

Matthew 1:18-25 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace,…

Sermon of September 8, 2013–“Where the rubber meets the road”

Paul’s Letter to Philemon Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and co-worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in your house:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  When I remember you in my prayers, I…

Sermon of March 4, 2012–“Obscurity”

Like most people, even people familiar with the Bible, I wasn’t real sure about the figure of Mnason in Acts 21. Here’s all we know about him: “Some of the disciples from Caesarea accompanied us and brought us to the home of Mnason, where we were to stay. He was a man from Cyprus and…

Sermon of January 1, 2012–“Who Are These People, Anyway?”

This sermon is my attempt to struggle with the roles of Simeon and Anna in Chapter 2 of Luke. It occurred to me during the preparation of the sermon how important they are to the infancy story of Jesus, yet we have overlooked them–that’s a great irony because they were probably overlooked in Jesus’ day…