“Mustard Seed Faith”

~ Luke 17:5-10/Habakkuk 2:1-4 ~ So the disciples say to Jesus, “Increase our faith!” Seems like a completely legitimate thing to ask. Doesn’t every sincere Christian want to have more faith? And God knows we never have enough faith. These disciples, particularly, might have felt their faith was lacking because … Read More

“The Rich Man and His Wall”

~ Luke 16:19-31/Amos 6:1, 4-7 ~ The history of the world is replete with walls. Walls for all kinds of purposes. There are fortress walls, built to defend against invaders. European medieval castles, great sandstone fortresses in Mali, frontier stockades, the Great Wall of China – all designed to keep … Read More

“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

~ Psalm 55:1-8/James 1:2-4, 12 ~ Introduction In the genre of “Christian” movies, it’s probably the best of them all. Of course, it wasn’t produced to be a Christian movie. The Coen brothers would never think in such terms. After all, they’ve made some decidedly not “Christian” movies, such as … Read More

“Is Empathy a Liberal Emotion?”

~ Matthew 15:29-37/Philippians 4:1-4 ~ Last year about this time, in the wake of the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, in the midst of the emerging MeToo movement and the initial reports of family separations at the border, I came across a blog written by a politically-conservative Christian who was lamenting – … Read More

“Empathy Nudging”

~ Luke 10:25-37 ~ Well, that’s pretty straightforward, isn’t it? Just go do it! Go, show compassion! Show compassion to those unfortunates lying on the side of the road. They are your neighbors, after all. Just do it! End of sermon – NOT! Why do we find it difficult to … Read More

Stephen Fiehler Summer Share

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do … Read More