SERMONS & ARTICLES

Sermons are meant to be heard. There is something that gets lost in just reading one.  The following sermons were written to be spoken aloud which explains why the writing is not always perfect and the punctuation is at times nonexistent.  Nevertheless, I pray that they speak to you.

 

Aligning Thoughts and Actions

October 18, 2017

There are some Christian teachers that will tell you living the Christian life is all about what we do. It’s the actions we take. Sometimes these teachers can be positive and encourage actions like helping the poor, fighting against injustice, or visiting those in prison. Other times these teachers can put so much emphasis on action that it turns into rule-making: in order to be a good Christian you must do x, y, and z.

Knowing Christ

October 11, 2017

I once had a colleague in another church who I labeled in my head as the “one-upper”. I gave her that name because she had this habit of taking whatever story I was telling her and one-upping it. Have you ever been around these people?

Being Selfish

October 4, 2017

I think my ability to mourn is dried up. I think my capacity to feel shock has been depleted. Even my desire to speak out has been reduced to a shrug. And I hate that - because events like what happened Sunday night should not be normal – even though they are. They should shock us to our core – even though they don’t. They should produce in us a cry of lament – when instead it just seems to prepare us for the next time.

Bookkeepers, List-makers, and the death of the King

September 20, 2017

Tonight our Gospel lesson is a parable. It’s been awhile since we’ve dealt with a parable. The lectionary gave us the parable of the seeds back in the Spring which is a parable about the Kingdom of God, you will remember. But tonight our passage is a parable about Grace and Forgiveness and changing our ways and living into a new and different kind of life.

The Continuing Debt of Love

September 9, 2017

There is a very popular TED talk out there called “Start with Why”. You should look it up, it’s a great talk by a guy who has done some research on why some businesses fail and why some succeed. His answer is that that ones that succeed know what it is they are all about. In other words they start with “Why”. Why are we in existence? Why do we make what we do or provide the service we provide? Why should you buy from us? And his thesis is that if you provide a compelling “why” then people will want in – because as humans we are designed for purpose. We want to know the bigger plan, the deeper reason, we want to know why. 

Take Off Your Shoes

September 6, 2017

There is a very popular TED talk out there called “Start with Why”. You should look it up, it’s a great talk by a guy who has done some research on why some businesses fail and why some succeed. His answer is that that ones that succeed know what it is they are all about. In other words they start with “Why”. Why are we in existence? Why do we make what we do or provide the service we provide? Why should you buy from us? And his thesis is that if you provide a compelling “why” then people will want in – because as humans we are designed for purpose. We want to know the bigger plan, the deeper reason, we want to know why. 

All The Soils

July 16, 2017

When I was young we used to visit my Grandmother Brock every summer. It was a great experience. They lived in Oregon and we lived in Oklahoma and we would drive all the way up there and spend a couple of weeks. And I remember one visit seeing my grandmother, once dinner was over, scraping food off of plates into a container that was not a trashcan. She was only putting food in there. And it was gross. She put in banana peels and potato peels and salad that had turned. She had the ends of snap peas and even coffee grounds. It was disgusting.


And I remember asking her why she didn’t just throw all that away and her answer was “I’m making compost for my garden.” And it was there that I learned that all soil is not created equal. I learned that you can’t just rely on what’s in front of you for your seeds to grow – you have to be intentional about what you put those seeds in. Soil is important if you want your garden to grow.

When The Holy Spirit Comes

June 4, 2017

We have heard the account of the coming of the Spirit in Acts, but tonight we are also going to look at a passage from the Old Testament - which I believe gives us insight to the workings of the Holy Spirit and has some lessons for us as we navigate life IN the Spirit. The bottom line is this: The Holy Spirit is real. The Holy Spirit is active. The Holy Spirit is here. We need to invite the Spirit IN - open ourselves UP – and plug into the Spirit’s power.

A Sermon About Being IN Love

May 21, 2017

I’ve had the opportunity to be with people when they knew they were close to death; when their options were exhausted, their bodies worn out, their hopes of recovery gone. And in those moments, those weeks and days before death, I’ve seen individuals get very intentional about what they say to others – and especially to those closest to them. There seems to be a need to speak words of comfort – a need to tell people “it’s going to be ok – I’m not really leaving you because I’ll always be in your heart.” There seems to be a need to remind those who love that THEY are loved. Sometimes there are instructions to be left or pieces of advice to be shared. But most of the time there is just a need to be present – to soak up every last moment – to laugh and to sing and to cry.

Modern Day Stonings

May 14, 2017

Do you ever feel like you’re getting stones thrown at you? Are there times when you walk through your day in a defensive position – just waiting for the next rock to be hurled at your head? Of course these are not actual rocks that we are defending against. But they hurt just as much – in a different way. Sometimes the rocks come because of something we’ve said or done. Other times they come because of a stand that we’ve taken. And sometimes they come at us for no other reason that people like throwing rocks.

Want Not

May 7 2017

Tonight our scripture focus is on the Psalm 23. A psalm that we have heard over and over and memorized even. A psalm that may have lost some of its power in multiple hearings – a psalm that we normally just think about at funerals - but nonetheless a psalm that speaks to us not only in times of grief but also in the normal everydayness of our lives. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  That is a powerful phrase. It’s powerful because we all have wants. Even if we don’t really understand them or even fully realize what it is we want.

When You Just Want To Walk Away

April 30, 2017

Where do you go when you just can’t take it anymore? You know, when life just gets to be too much – what do you do? Maybe it that you’ve been dealing with a tragedy in your life – or maybe an ongoing issue or problem – or maybe you just watch too much cable news – but at some point or another we all get to a place where we just need to walk away.

SERMONS & ARTICLES

Sermons are meant to be heard. There is something that gets lost in just reading one.  The following sermons were written to be spoken aloud which explains why the writing is not always perfect and the punctuation is at times nonexistent.  Nevertheless, I pray that they speak to you.

 

A Sermon About Being IN Love

May 21, 2017

I’ve had the opportunity to be with people when they knew they were close to death; when their options were exhausted, their bodies worn out, their hopes of recovery gone. And in those moments, those weeks and days before death, I’ve seen individuals get very intentional about what they say to others – and especially to those closest to them. There seems to be a need to speak words of comfort – a need to tell people “it’s going to be ok – I’m not really leaving you because I’ll always be in your heart.” There seems to be a need to remind those who love that THEY are loved. Sometimes there are instructions to be left or pieces of advice to be shared. But most of the time there is just a need to be present – to soak up every last moment – to laugh and to sing and to cry.

Modern Day Stonings

May 14, 2017

Do you ever feel like you’re getting stones thrown at you? Are there times when you walk through your day in a defensive position – just waiting for the next rock to be hurled at your head? Of course these are not actual rocks that we are defending against. But they hurt just as much – in a different way. Sometimes the rocks come because of something we’ve said or done. Other times they come because of a stand that we’ve taken. And sometimes they come at us for no other reason that people like throwing rocks.

Want Not

May 7 2017

Tonight our scripture focus is on the Psalm 23. A psalm that we have heard over and over and memorized even. A psalm that may have lost some of its power in multiple hearings – a psalm that we normally just think about at funerals - but nonetheless a psalm that speaks to us not only in times of grief but also in the normal everydayness of our lives. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  That is a powerful phrase. It’s powerful because we all have wants. Even if we don’t really understand them or even fully realize what it is we want.

When The Holy Spirit Comes

June 4, 2017

We have heard the account of the coming of the Spirit in Acts, but tonight we are also going to look at a passage from the Old Testament - which I believe gives us insight to the workings of the Holy Spirit and has some lessons for us as we navigate life IN the Spirit. The bottom line is this: The Holy Spirit is real. The Holy Spirit is active. The Holy Spirit is here. We need to invite the Spirit IN - open ourselves UP – and plug into the Spirit’s power.

When You Just Want To Walk Away

April 30, 2017

Where do you go when you just can’t take it anymore? You know, when life just gets to be too much – what do you do? Maybe it that you’ve been dealing with a tragedy in your life – or maybe an ongoing issue or problem – or maybe you just watch too much cable news – but at some point or another we all get to a place where we just need to walk away.

All The Soils

July 16, 2017

When I was young we used to visit my Grandmother Brock every summer. It was a great experience. They lived in Oregon and we lived in Oklahoma and we would drive all the way up there and spend a couple of weeks. And I remember one visit seeing my grandmother, once dinner was over, scraping food off of plates into a container that was not a trashcan. She was only putting food in there. And it was gross. She put in banana peels and potato peels and salad that had turned. She had the ends of snap peas and even coffee grounds. It was disgusting.


And I remember asking her why she didn’t just throw all that away and her answer was “I’m making compost for my garden.” And it was there that I learned that all soil is not created equal. I learned that you can’t just rely on what’s in front of you for your seeds to grow – you have to be intentional about what you put those seeds in. Soil is important if you want your garden to grow.

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