Sermons from November 2015

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 […]