Stand Firm, Hold Fast” Haggai 2:1-9 Psalm 145 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 Luke 20:27-38 The gospel text shares the narrative of a conversation between Jesus and a group of Sadducees who question him about the resurrection. It reminds me of story a friend shared with me about what happens to us at the end of […]
“The Grace of a Humble Spirit” Luke 18:9-14 The parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector is a heart-felt story that challenges listeners to critically examine how we look at ourselves in relationship to God and neighbor, and to critically ponder how God and neighbor might look at us. I believe the argument can […]
Faith in the Midst of Storms Luke 18:1-8 The great Protestant teacher Karl Barth acknowledged in his writings that our thoughts are often scattered. I imagine that for most of us, many of our thoughts remain scattered as we continue to check on family and friends, and make repairs to homes and property. The volunteers […]
“Traits of a Good Neighbor” Luke 10:25-37 The sermon title was developed from the gospel lesson two days before the tragedy that occurred Thursday night in Dallas, TX. Pastors who stand in pulpits on a Sunday morning on behalf of Jesus Christ are charged with the responsibility of sharing with people in the pews the […]
“An Idle Tale?” Luke 24:1-12 “The words about the empty tomb seemed to the apostles an idle tale, and they did not believe them.” (Luke 24:11) There is an Easter hymn included in our Presbyterian hymnbook with the following title, “In the Darkness of the Morning.” The hymn tells the story about Mary Magdalene discovering […]
“Words of Hope” Luke 3:1-6 President Obama has addressed the nation on the issue of terror and law enforcement officers in San Bernardino, CA have conducted raids in the homes of people connected to selling assault weapons to what appears to be two self-radicalized supporters of ISIS. As the investigation continues in California and we […]
Be At Peace With One Another Mark 9:38-50 And Jesus said, “Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.” There is good reason why Jesus offered this important counsel to his friends. He recognized their ambition for power. As Jesus shares and gives his peace, it is a peace that goes beyond […]
The invitation to abide in Jesus has very serious consequences. To abide in Jesus is to make the concerted and careful commitment to follow him, to pay attention to him, to forsake the constant temptations to listen to a different voice, to forsake in the end our ways of doing things especially when they contradict the gospel.