October 22, 2017 Sermon — “Crossing Over”

John 5:16-30: 16Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the Sabbath. 17But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is still working, and I also am working.’ 18For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he was not only breaking the Sabbath, but was also calling God…

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 16, 2017 Sermon — “What next?”

Colossians 3:1-4 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When…

Sermon of January 22, 2017 — “Jesus’ Inaugural Sermon”

Luke 4:14-30           14 Then 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.           16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had…

January 8, 2017 Sermon — “Fashionably Late”

Matthew 2 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ 3When King Herod…

Sermon of September 20, 2015–“Grow Up!”

Mark 9:30-37 30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; 31for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ 32But…

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 November 20, 2011–“Embarassment of Riches”

Looking over St. Paul’s shoulder when he wrote Ephesians, we can see that he is impressed with the love, compassion and giftedness of the congregation. This basic insight caused me to ponder if Paul was intentionally comparing the ornate lifestyle of ancient Ephesus (one of the most amazing cities of the Roman Empire) with what…