Sermons from October 2014

Always Reforming

Galatians 6:14-18 Matthew 22:34-40 Today, I want to be a bit professorial and give a little lesson in the fundamentals of the 16th Century Reformation. Our parents in the faith, Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, and others did not initially intend to provoke a church split. They believed that they were calling the Western […]

On Worshiping the Right God

Exodus 32:1-4 Philippians 4:4-9 The bible is as much a tale of dead ends and poor attempts at discipleship as heroic and faithful actions. In some ways this is consoling. When we see how badly the disciples misunderstood Jesus or the prophets ran in the opposite direction or doubted their calling despite the intensity of […]

The Graceful Law of God

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 Philippians 3:4b-14 For many people, religion is all about rules: the “do’s” and “don’ts” of life, especially the “killjoy” do’s and don’ts that come into play whenever we want to have a little fun.   At first glance, today’s readings might leave that impression as well. The Ten Commandments tell us what […]