Category Archive for: ‘sermons’

“Pushed to the Limit”- Luke 4: 21-30– Jan. 31, 2016

Last week on “Galilean Diaries,” also known as The Gospel of Luke, we saw Jesus having returned from 40 days and nights in the wilderness, where he was tested by Satan before he could begin his public ministry. Jesus was “filled with the power of the Spirit,” we were told, and word of his presence, his power, and his wisdom …

“Fulfilled Today”– Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6,8-10, Luke 4:14-21– Jan. 24, 2016

Sermon January 24 “Fulfilled Today” For many different reasons I’m glad I don’t live in Iowa or New Hampshire. I cannot imagine the barrage of phone calls, tv and radio ads, let alone door-to-door canvassers that have invaded these two states as the first Presidential primaries draw near. I remind myself, as tired as I am of the daily stream …

“So Much More”– John 2:1-11– Jan. 17, 2016

We are a culture of sound bytes and rapid images, of information technology and data. And so we have a tendency to dismiss stories as nice but useless, not nearly as important as scientific findings and reports; and, really, who has time to listen to stories? My father-in-law used to say that if you want the unvarnished truth, ask someone …

“Through the Deep Waters” –Isaiah 43:1-7, Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 –Jan. 10, 2016

The season of Epiphany begins with a journey–the journey of the magi to where the Christ Child was. Guided by a star, we are told, they ventured forth from the comforts of home and familiarity, across unforgiving deserts, away from seductive tyrants, and finally to the peasant home where they found the child and his mother. And there they knelt …

“On Bended Knee” –Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12 –Epiphany Sun.–Jan. 3, 2016

On Bended Knee The story of the magi is a story for our time. In the midst of the incredible run of the latest Star Wars movie–”The Force Awakens”–already having grossed a billion dollars–how perfect is this story of wise men who study the stars! It lifts our eyes to the heavens, beyond our narrow, often petty, concerns, and draws …

Late Christmas Eve 2015

“The Light shines in the darkness, [John says] and the darkness has not overcome it.” Here on this full moon Christmas, it is in the dark winter sky that the moon glows so bright. It is this darkest time of year that makes us Christians in the northern hemisphere so crave the light, candle light, Christmas lights, the Light of …

Early Christmas Eve 2015 — “If you came…”

If you came because you remember that Once upon a time a story captured you, then it’s time for you to hear the story again and let it intrigue and hold you where you are today. If you came because your mother made you come, I get it. Just ask my kids.  But this too will pass, and there are …

“Joy for Grown-ups”– Luke 3:7-18– Dec. 13, 2015

There’s something a little “off” this Advent. Maybe it’s just that it feels more like April than December, and while I’m not a huge fan of shoveling, it’s just weird that there’s no snow yet. Other than the wreath we bought at the Snowball Bazaar, we’ve been relatively late in putting up Christmas decorations at our house. We’re still working …

“And you, child…”– Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79– Dec. 6, 2015

By and large, we are not a people who like to wait for things. The countdown to Christmas is excruciating for many, particularly since it starts right after Halloween, if not before. We just can’t wait until the actual season for waiting–Advent–gets started. And what is it with Advent now? Many of you remember when it used to be that …

“All Souls on Deck!”- Jeremiah 33:14-16, Luke 22: 25-36– Nov. 29, 2015

Perhaps at no other time of year does our Christian perspective clash more with our culture than in Advent. Our culture is full-speed-ahead into Christmas, hook-line-and-sinker into getting the best price for the most desireable gadgets, children saying they want the latest toy or device so they can be like their friends, the lights in the stores on 24-7 and, …

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