Sermons

Sermons

“Is Our God Big Enough?”

Photo: The Ancient of Days, William Blake (1794) ~ Psalm 148/John 20:31-35 ~ Psalm 148 is a psalm of praise. ‘Praise’ is used thirteen times in this psalm. The Psalmist calls on everything to give God praise: Men and women, young and old, fire and storms, mountains and trees, and … Read More

“Come and Dine”

~ Psalm 23 / John 10:22 – 30 ~ It was winter, the gospel writer says. Maybe on this particular day it is especially cold and windy as Jesus walks the colonnade of Solomon’s porch. And maybe feeling already irritable from the cold Jesus grimaces as he sees them approach. … Read More

“Fixer-Upper”

~ John 21:1-19/Psalm 30 ~ In the mid-90’s Linda and I bought a fixer-upper. Oh, it had good bones, a solid, two-story brick house called a “Denver Square.” But it was in sad shape. Nothing had been done to the kitchen in 50 years except to paint it yellow – … Read More

“By Their Wounds and Doubts You Will Know Them”

Jeanne Choy Tate, preaching Noe Valley Ministry 4/24/2022 John 20:19-31 Doubting Thomas  Welcome to the Week After—the week after the triumph of Resurrection, after Easter lilies, egg hunts, special music and alleluias. The tomb is empty, Christ is risen, death has been defeated. On this Sunday after Easter, it all … Read More

“God Stuff”

~ Luke 24:1-12 ~ Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! So what? What difference has it made? Wars still rage, atrocities still happen, prejudice and bigotry still run rampant, politicians still lie! A  war of aggression in Ukraine. Devastating crises multiply. Will it ever end? Things haven’t changed. The … Read More

“Such Drama!”

~ Luke 19:28-40/John 12:12-16 ~ As you well know Jesus told lots of parables. Quite prolific, he was. Now these parables were made-up stories. There wasn’t an actual Good Samaritan. The Prodigal Son wasn’t a real person. Illustrations from the world around us to drive home a particularly salient truth … Read More