“Preacher’s Replay”

~ James 5:13-16/Mark 9:38-41, 49-50 ~ The texts we’ve heard this morning come together for me in a most compelling way. Not that they have similar themes or anything. Indeed, these texts from James and Mark hardly have any similarities. No, they come together for me because they bring up … Read More

“Welcome the Child”

~ Mark 9:30-37 ~ Like a continuing HBO or Netflix series, each episode of our story of Jesus builds on the episode from the week before. And with each episode we delve more deeply into the dramatic plot of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, along with his clueless band of disciples. … Read More

“Take Up Your Cross?” Oh, That’s Hard!

~ Mark 8:27-38 ~ Here is a story about a couple of the lesser-known disciples, Thaddaeus, and his pal, Bartholomew who was hard of hearing. The weary followers of Jesus have been all over the map. In past weeks they traveled way north to Tyre then south to the region … Read More

“Called to Work”

A sermon by Erwin C. Barron on Vocation September 5, 2021 “ERRRRWIIIIIN – time to come home!” When I was a kid, I would hear that call echoing across the neighborhood at least two or three times a week.  Like many of you, I grew up before cell phones in … Read More

“Jesus the Cartographer

~ Mark 7:1-8, 14-23 ~   What did we do before GPS? How did we know where we are and where we’re going before Google Maps? How did we know how to get there before we had one of these to put on the holder on our dashboard? Well, we … Read More

“Feeling At Home”

~ Psalm 84/I Kings 8:22-30/John 6:56-69 ~   These harmonious chords are from one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place) from Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem.Ever since I first heard it at the age of 18 … Read More