Sermons from September 2014

Salvation Without Limitation

Philippians 2:1-13 Christianity begins with a marvelous story, a simple carpenter, a pilgrimage of faith, a welcome table, and a healing touch. The story ends, or so it seems, with a cross and utter defeat; but to everyone’s surprise an empty tomb, a resurrection, and new life for all of us. The first gospel teachers […]

Grace Beyond Fairness

Exodus 16:2-15 Matthew 20:1-16 We all have a sense of fairness. Even from earliest childhood, we notice if our brother or sister is ahead of us or gets a larger cookie, or more attention from our parents. We want, and most of the time, deserve equal opportunities to succeed, a fair day’s wage for a […]

Grace Beyond Right and Wrong

Romans 14:1-12 Matthew 18:21-35 At virtually every wedding I perform, I am asked to read Paul’s love chapter from Corinthians. The words of I Corinthians 13 are glorious and inspiring – they speak of the eternity of love, and the patience and character that transform relationships; they also give us pause, for they claim that […]

What is Faith?

Matthew 17:14-20 What does it mean to have faith? Does it mean believing the historical creeds without any doubts, just as they were written nearly seventeen hundred years ago, or doctrines formulated centuries before we were born? Or, is faith about our relationship, our trust in God, and in persons whom we respect? Or is […]