Sermon of November 18, 2018 — “Who do you trust?”

Featured image is the Assyrian account of their army defeating the fortified cities of Judah (Isaiah 36:1), the Lachish Relief in the British Museum.  Public Domain.   Isaiah 36, 37 & 2  In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, King Sennacherib of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and captured them. 2 The king…

Sermon of December 6th–“Flash Crash”

Luke 3:1-6 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came…

Sermon for Ecumenical Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014–“Calling the Children Home”

Isaiah 49:1-7 Listen to me, you islands;     hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born the Lord called me;     from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharpened sword,     in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow     and concealed me in his quiver. 3 He said to…

Sermon of January 27, 2013–“Fulfilled or Filled Full?”

Luke 4:14-21 14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.16When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day,…

Sermon of November 27, 2011–“Making Mud Pies”

Advent sermons can be thorny. First, one has to decide if you are preaching on the first Advent of Jesus in Bethlehem or the Second Advent of Jesus at the end of history. Then, there are a lot of terms that we use in Advent that we don’t use any other time of year. The…