Birthing Transformation

John 3:1-17 Picture this scene: 1957. Yankee Stadium. 100,000 people. Billy Graham, bible in hand, preaches to the crowd: Jesus said, “You must be born again.” And I’m going to ask you to come and do that right now. I’m going to ask you to get out of your seats … Read More

“Didn’t Jesus Use Violence?”

Genesis 1:1-4, 31/Psalm 19/John 2:13-22 A disclaimer: Today’s sermon is what I call “thick” because the subject matter is somewhat thick – our culture’s propensity for violence. The psalm that we sang, Psalm 19, extols the wonders of God’s creative activity in the universe. “The heavens are telling the glory … Read More

What’s In a Name?

Genesis 17:1-7; 15-17/Mark 8:27-38 What’s in a name? Names are featured in both our scripture readings today. In the Genesis story we have God changing the names of Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah. Both of the name changes seem to have something to do with being blessed by … Read More

The Ragman

Mark 1:9-15 The first Sunday of Lent and we begin the journey. According to our gospel reading from Mark, it is a journey that, beginning with his baptism, takes Jesus through 40 days in the wilderness, and then on to his ministry of proclaiming the onset of the kingdom of … Read More

Let Us Feast and Celebrate

Luke 15:20-24 Of all of Jesus’ parables the Prodigal Son is probably the best known. You remember the story: the younger son comes to his father demanding his share of the heritance and once he has it in hand heads off to the far country to squander it on riotous … Read More

Let It Go

Mark 1:29-39 If you’ll remember, before we moved back in here our offices were at Bethany Methodist Church. My office was right above the courtyard where the children from the pre-school played. And so it was that every day, for seemingly days on end, I would hear the song that … Read More