Past Sermons

Past Sermons2020-04-02T15:45:54+00:00

June 2020

Matthew 28:16-20: Trinity Sunday

June 7th, 2020|

Today is known as Trinity Sunday, a day when we recognize and celebrate the triune nature of God. Some churches do not pay much attention to it, but it is [...]

May 2020

April 2020

Matthew 21:1-11 “Donkey Givers”

April 5th, 2020|

There is an old story about a pastor who was having problems and decided to leave the ministry. But he ran into trouble trying to find another job. Finally, in [...]

February 2020

January 2020

John 1:1-18 “Grace”

January 5th, 2020|

When I was eleven, my family moved from a rural area of Illinois to suburban New Jersey. There was a delay between our move and being able to move into [...]

December 2019

Matthew 1: 18-25 “Joseph’s Dream”

December 22nd, 2019|

My friend Diane is one of the most logical, practical, and organized people I know. She’s kind of like a petite version of Mr. Spock in almost every aspect of [...]

Isaiah 2:1-5 “Waiting in Hope”

December 1st, 2019|

One Sunday after church, a mother was talking to her young daughter. She told her daughter that, according to the Bible, Jesus will return to earth some day. “When is [...]

November 2019

Luke 21:5-19 “How Not to Live in Fear”

November 17th, 2019|

In Luke 21:18 Jesus talks about hair in relation to our well-being. It’s interesting how closely people’s self-image is identified with the state of their hair. Marcus Tulilius Cicero said, [...]

October 2019

Luke 18:1-8 “Persistence”

October 20th, 2019|

One Christmas when I was about 10 years old, I asked for a kitten for Christmas. I was starting to understand who Santa really was and I kept badgering my [...]

September 2019

Luke 16:19-31 “Reversal”

September 29th, 2019|

Our gospel passage today is another of Luke’s parables. The characters are Lazarus, a rich man, and Abraham, forefather of the Old Testament. The parable is addressed to the Pharisees [...]

Luke 16:1-13

September 22nd, 2019|

Today’s gospel lesson is one that preachers often avoid. The parable of the dishonest manager from today’s gospel is not an easy one to interpret or apply to our own [...]

Luke 14:1, 7-14 “Come to the Table”

September 1st, 2019|

Stephan Farris tells a story about a young pastor who arrived at his first church. He went into the kitchen on Saturday night to prepare the elements for Sunday morning [...]

August 2019

July 2019

Luke 10:25-37 “The Good Samaritan”

July 24th, 2019|

The story of the Good Samaritan is probably the best-known parable told by Jesus. The parable is like what Mark Twain says about the whole New Testament. “That is one [...]

June 2019

John 17:20-26 “Unity”

June 2nd, 2019|

In the liturgical calendar, today is known as the “Seventh Sunday of Easter.” It is the Sunday between the Ascension of Jesus into heaven and Pentecost which we will observe [...]

May 2019

April 2019

Luke 24:1-12 Easter

April 21st, 2019|

In chapter 24 of Luke’s gospel we find Jesus female followers traveling to the tomb to care for Jesus’ body. When they find him the scripture says they are “perplexed” [...]

Luke 19:28-40 Palm Sunday

April 14th, 2019|

Do you have a vivid memory of a simple event from you past that has stayed with you for a lifetime? For me it was spring of 1969, and I [...]

March 2019

March 24th 2019 : Luke 3 verses 1 to 9

March 24th, 2019|

Our gospel passage is a tricky one to negotiate. The first six verses deal with a topic called “theodicy” from the Greek words for God and justice, or how do [...]