Sermons

Sermons

“The Spirit Comes…Then What?”

~ Acts 2:1-21 ~ The Spirit comes…and stuff happens! Tornados, fire, and a sudden unexplained ability to speak other languages! And from there, as the story goes, the once-hunkered down, scared disciples go out and change the world. Whew! That spirit-stuff is really powerful…or so goes the story. A critical … Read More

“In the Meantime…”

Luke 24:44-53/Acts 1:1-11 Did you all observe the special day this past Thursday? I’d be surprised if you did. Oh, maybe, if you are from a catholic background or maybe Lutheran, you might have been vaguely aware that it was the Feast of the Ascension, that day in the church … Read More

“Does It Matter What We Think of God?”

Rev. Keenan Kelsey  Noe Valley Ministry  PC(USA) May 17, 2020 Acts 17: 22-28 Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I … Read More

“Religious Platitudes in a Time of Pandemic”

~ John 14:1-14 ~ “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.” One of Jesus’ more famous lines from one of the more famous passages in the Bible. I ask you, this morning: How do you hear that? In this time of pandemic, of tedious isolation, of constant, everyday news of people … Read More

“The Compassionate Shepherd”

~ John 10:1-5/Psalm 23 ~ Sheep! We saw lots and lots of sheep. In a nation of about 4.9 million people, Aotearoa New Zealand has about 40 million sheep. And Linda and I are pretty convinced we saw about 90% of those sheep as we drove around the country. We … Read More

“Heart Burn”

~ Luke 24:19-35 ~ When we meet the disciples on the road to Emmaus, it is evening, and the luminous glow of the day has begun to fade. Resurrection, at this point, is nothing more than a rumor, a curiosity, an idle tale. And yet when the disciples meet a … Read More