Sermon of January 19, 2020 — "Picture, Window, Mirror"

The Gospel of Mark, Chapter 4 Again he began to teach beside the lake. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the lake and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the lake on the land. 2 He began to teach them many things in parables, and in…

May 14, 2017 Sermon — “Muscle Memory”

Luke 20:9-19 9 He began to tell the people this parable: ‘A man planted a vineyard, and leased it to tenants, and went to another country for a long time. 10When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants in order that they might give him his share of the produce of the vineyard;…

Sermon of June 14, 2015–“The Waiting Room”

Mark 4:26-34 26He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in…

Sermon of September 21, 2014–“Award for Last Place”

Matthew 20:1-16 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.3When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4and…

Sermon of July 20, 2014–“Keep off the Grass”

Matthew 13:24-30 24 He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; 25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds…

Sermon of August 5, 2012–After this . . . . Renewal.

2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13a 11:26 When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she made lamentation for him. 11:27 When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the…

Sermon of November 13, 2011–“God’s Investment Banker”

Matthew 25:14-30:The Parable of the Talents I’ve always had trouble with this parable. Verse 29 seems especially harsh to me: “For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.” As a child, this verse…

Sermon of November 6, 2011

Matthew 25:1-13 ‘Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the…

Sermon of Sunday, October 9, 2011–“Regrets Only”

This is a challenging parable of judgment.  As with any parable, there’s probably more on the page than could ever be mined and it doesn’t always have to be internally consistent.  Jesus often spoke in very broad terms–camels passing through the eye of the needle, people harvesting enormous amounts of grain, and so on. What…

Sermon of October 24th–“Neighborhood Watch”

Luke 19:9-14 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: 10‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. 11The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am…