“Spirit Sightings” — Sermon of June 4, 2017

Acts 2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of…

May 28, 2017 Sermon — “The Strange Symbol of the Cross”

The Gospel of Mark Chapter 15:33-40 33 When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ 35When some of the bystanders heard it, they said,…

April 30 Sermon — “Is that you, Jesus?”

Matthew 25:31-46 31 ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will…

April 23 Sermon –“The Tricky Politics of Salvation”

Luke 19:1-10 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore…

April 2, 2017 Sermon — “Stepping Over Problems”

Luke 16:19-31 19 ‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, 21who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick…

January 15, 2017 Sermon — “Sitting in Time Out”

    Mark 1:9-15  9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him.11And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my…

Amos: A Kingdom Spinning Its Wheels

Amos 5:21-27 21 I hate, I despise your festivals,    and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.  22 Even though you offer me your burnt-offerings and grain-offerings,    I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals    I will not look upon.  23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;    I…

August 28, 2016 Sermon — “Heeeere’s Solomon!”

 First Book of Kings Chapter 6:1-14             In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the Lord. 2The house that King Solomon…

May 29, 2016 Sermon-“A One-Two Punch”

 Exodus 40:34-38 34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lordfilled the tabernacle. 35Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36Whenever the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, the Israelites would…

Sermon of April 3, 2016–“The Most Unlikely of Heroines”

Exodus, Chapter 1:8-2:10: 8 Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9He said to his people, ‘Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. 10Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and…

Sermon of December 13th–“Zepha-who? In Advent?”

Zephaniah 3:14-20 14Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! 15The Lord has taken away the judgments against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. 16On that day it…