Getting in the Easter Spirit

John 20:1-18 You often hear people in the middle of the Christmas season confessing, “I just can’t get into the Christmas spirit this year.”  Some add, “Since the kids grew up, Christmas is different.” Or, “Since my husband or wife died, this is a tough time for me.”   I think many of us are saying a […]

Palm Sunday – Life on a Roller Coaster

Matthew 21:1-11 It was a week like none other.  When they marched into Jerusalem, to fanfare and adulation, for a moment the disciples’ concerns were relieved.  “Look at the crowds.  Hear the Hallelujahs.  Our fears were unfounded. Nothing could possibly go wrong. Everything’s gonna be alright.”  But in less than twenty-four hours their leader is […]

Beyond Tragedy

John 11:1-6, 17-44 We are now entering the twilight zone.  We are now entering the world of the walking dead, the realm of zombies, spirits, ghosts, and near-death experiences. The world of the paranormal that lies beyond the rational mind and human control. (Of course, in this time of pandemic, we already feel as if we are […]

When Bad Things Happen…Where’s God?

John 9:1-7 Do you know what a theologian is?   Did you know that everyone here is a theologian? A theologian is someone who asks questions about the way things are in the world.   You know some of those questions – you’ve asked them yourself…Why was I born a boy and not a girl? Or a […]

From Scarcity to Gratitude

Exodus 17:1-7, John 4:5-15 I once had a friend who was a dowser.  He would walk across fields with his divining rod in quest of places to dig a well, and every so often he found something!  While the scientific accuracy of dowsing has been questioned, my friend would regularly discover water in unexpected places.  He believed that […]

A Bigger Life

John 3:1-17  What does it mean to be born again?  That was Nicodemus’ question during his nocturnal visit to Jesus. Life moves forward, we can’t go back to the womb or even our childhood. But, the moral and spiritual arc of history and our personal lives can call us to new beginnings.  Reminding us, even in retirement, […]

Transforming Sin into Grace

Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11 Our Tuesday Bible Study has moved slowly but surely through the letters of Paul, the prophetic writings, and now the gospel of John.  And we spent a whole year on Genesis and Exodus. One Tuesday at the Bible study, the story of Adam and Eve was the theme.  After listening […]

Choosing Life

Deuteronony 30:15-20, Matthew 5:43-48 It has been said that good preaching involves having a copy of the New York Times in one hand and the Bible in the other.  These days we might add CNN, MSNBC, FOX, NPR, and PBS!  It’s also been said that preaching needs to mediate the timeless but ever-contemporary word and […]

Putting Yourself in God’s Place (Presentation of Jesus)

What is your sacred space?  Or as some say, what is your happy place? Where is the place where you feel most at home, where you go to contemplate, to find peace, to gain a larger perspective, to hear God’s voice amid all the conflicting voice? For some, it’s a well-known place like Sedona, Arizona; […]

When God Calls

I Samuel 3:1-10 Matthew 4:12-23 What would you do if God spoke to you?  Well, the Bible says that God speaks to people all the time, and sometimes God speaks to children. Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night?  You hear a strange noise and you’re wide awake. That’s what happened […]