Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-11 In Matthew’s story some folks show up late. We call these late-comers “wise men.” My prayer is always that our house will be filled with wise women and men.
John 15: 1-11; Philippians 4: 1-7 C.S. Lewis wrote his autobiography which he called, “Surprised By Joy.” If you or I ever write the story of our lives I hope we might use the same title. Think of this: Jesus said he came to earth that his joy might be in us and that our […]
Matthew 2: 1-12 For a little town Bethlehem has a large legacy. Actually the word Bethlehem means “House of Bread.” It was not a Holy City, not like Jerusalem, it was just a modest village. In Bethlehem you would find a monument to Rachel. She was the wife of the patriarch Jacob. Ruth lived there […]
Luke 2: 1-20; Hebrews 2: 1-9 There is a song in the Broadway musical Mame which contains the words, “We need a little Christmas right this very minute.” How true those words are. Probably some of you are pessimistic about our world, our church, our own lives. You may be feeling it takes more faith […]
Isaiah 61:1-4 This sermon is not for you unless you are having trouble seeing the world clearly and you feel lost and confused. This sermon is not for you unless parts of your life have incapacitated you and kept you from living freely. This sermon is not for you unless you have deep loneliness in […]
Mark 1:1-8, 2 Peter 3:8-15, Isaiah 40:1-11 In a culture lulled to sleep, ignorance, and darkness, there is room for a people who are awake in all their senses — a people of God determined to show and tell what it means to be awake, alive, and in the light of truth and justice.
Mark 13:24-37, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 What an odd text for people getting ready for Christmas. What’s with all this scary language? We can’t schedule the loss of the sun and the shaking of the powers of the heavens. Don’t you know this is Christmas season? We go from Thanksgiving, a national holiday, to Christmas as […]
Matthew 25:31-46 Matthew makes us face whether or not we are a righteous nation. Most people write this off as a parable and the rest are allergic to judgment stories. We may, in a fit of nostalgia, sing “When the Roll Is Called up Yonder,” but mostly judgment is not our game. What if it’s […]
Matthew 25:14-30 There are two typical American versions of Jesus’ story of the talents. In the first version God dishes out good looks to one and basketball skills to another. The second story we tell is that God blesses all our money-making ways. What then is the difference in talents and gifts, talents and money? […]
Joshua 24 and Psalm 78 Prelude to sermon: I invite you to the story of Joshua 24 and the exhortation of Psalm 78 for us to be storytellers. I do this in the full knowledge of the challenge of postmodern philosophy that all BIG stories (metanarratives) are suspect, power grabs, abusive and oppressive. Postmodernism is […]