Sermons from 2015

Angels of the Impossible

Luke 1:26-38 and Matthew 1:18-25 You are about to enter the Twilight Zone, the realm of angelic visitations and miraculous births.   It has been said that every time a bell rings, an angel gets her or his wings. And, of course many of us place an angel at the peak of our Christmas tree.   Christmas […]

What Will This Child Become?

Luke 1:5-25, 57-66 Do you remember the first time you held a little baby? Perhaps, it was your son or daughter, or baby brother or sister? I suspect it was a special moment. You look at this wee one, and wonder “What will this child become?” The whole universe is concentrated on a little being, […]

John the Baptist – Wild in the Wilderness

Advent 1 – November 29 – Luke 3:1-20, Matthew 3:1-10 Do you ever feel like you’ve been sent to the principal’s office when you go for a checkup with your doctor or dentist? We often hear hard words – and true words – about our weight, lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, or the state of […]

Blessing Enough for All

John 6:1-14 Every so often, I pack our grandchildren’s lunches for school. Little boys can get hungry, and so we pack cheese sticks, sunflower butter and jam sandwiches, little carrots, cut up apples, a cookie, and a thermos of water. And, when we pick up the boys in the afternoon, every last item has been […]

A Woman of Character and Strength

Ruth 1:1-18; 3:1-5; 4:13-17 To many people, the book of Ruth is a sweet little love story and nothing more. But, like the book of Job, this ancient tale is much more than meets the eye. It is the story of a woman of character, strength, and agency. It reveals God’s movements in the most […]

The Living Thoughts of Dead People

Revelation 21:1-6a John 11:32-44 The bumper sticker read, “In case of the Second Coming, this car will be driverless.” No doubt thinking about visions of destruction and rescue in the book of Revelation and other biblical literature, the driver smugly assumed that he would be saved while most of the world would face tribulation, death […]

A Reformed Imagination

Job 42:1-6, 10-16 Mark 10:46-52 Today, we conclude our journey with Job. As we’ve seen, the Book of Job doesn’t fully solve the problem of evil or suffering. Job recognizes that some answers are simply wrong: Job asserts that suffering is not God’s will nor is it the result of divine punishment. While Job affirms […]

Wisdom in the Whirlwind

Job 38:1-7, 34-41 Hebrews 5:7-10 The riddle of suffering compels us to ask “What kind of world do we live in? Is the world aimless and valueless? Are we the products of random causes, trying to find some meaning in a silent and meaningless universe? Do our lives matter or with our deaths and the […]

The Riddle of Suffering

Job 1:1; 2:1-10 Thirty years ago, Kate’s parents were traveling in Israel. During their stay in Jerusalem, they wanted to see as many holy sites as possible and so one day, they were planning to make an early start. Just as they were about to get on the appointed bus, they encountered some fellow tourists […]

Living Prayer

“Living Prayer” James 5:13-16 Mark 9:38-41 When I was a child growing up in the Salinas Valley, California, every time I went to the refrigerator, I was confronted by a magnet motto affixed to the door that announced –“prayer changes things.” As a child, I was more interested in milk and cookies than prayer, but […]