Sermon: The Gift of Getting Lost

promo-tall“The Gift of Getting Lost”

(March 26, 2017) Sometimes, only when we are lost can we allow ourselves to be found. In the silence and stillness, God is able to speak to and through even fallible people like us. (1 Samuel 3:1-11)

At a mid point in my sermon, I paused to show the first 1:45 of this clip from the movie “Apollo 13.”

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Sermon: The Gift of Being Thunderstruck

promo-tall“The Gift of Being Thunderstruck”

(March 19, 2017) We seem to think that God no longer speaks to us, since we don’t experience burning bushes or the voices of thunder and flashes of lightning. But is it possible that it’s not that God has stopped speaking to humanity, but that we have forgotten how to listen? When was the last time you were thunderstruck? (Exodus 3:1-12; Job 37:1-5)

Sermon: The Gift of Emptiness

promo-tall“The Gift of Emptiness”

(March 12, 2017) At his moment of greatest emptiness, his own death on the cross, Jesus is completely empty. And there, in that emptiness, God is most powerfully present. (John 3:1-17; Mark 15:21-39)

Sermon: The Gift of Uncertainty

promo-tall“The Gift of Uncertainty” (When Broken Wings Learn to Fly)

(March 5, 2017) On the 25th anniversary of the fire that destroyed the first structure of Lebanon United Methodist Church, we confess that we are uncertain about where God will lead us next. Who are we, now that we are no longer “the church that burned”? (Matthew 4:1-11)