Sermon: What’s to Stop Me?

wall broken“What’s to Stop Me?”

(May 3, 2015) While we tend to see so many labels and categories, fragmenting humanity into different boxes, Jesus and his early followers broke down these barriers and eliminated the separations between people in creating a new beloved community. As Phillip and the traveler on the road to Gaza discover, there is nothing that can prevent someone from coming into the presence of God. (Acts 8:26-40)

wherein a certain Ethiopian eunuch is discussed in ways that have nothing to do with sexual orientation or gender identity…

Sermon: One Voice

sheep lost metaphor“One Voice”

(April 26, 2015) We are all called by one shepherd, to a shared calling. If your heart is like my heart, take my hand… (John 10:11-18)

Sermon: With My Own Eyes

eye 6“With My Own Eyes”

(April 12, 2015) Thomas wants to see Jesus with his own eyes. Given how drastically our experiences (including what we see) can vary, is that such a bad thing? How often does the church expect the world to simply believe what we say about Jesus, instead of inviting people into their own experience of the risen Christ? (John 20:19-31)

thedressI also talked about #TheDress…

Sermon: Life All Around

flower crocus snow“Life All Around”

(April 5, 2015 – Easter) Life is all around us, and death never has the final say! (Mark 16:1-8; John 20:1-18)

I was without my direct mic wire– sorry for the poorer quality recording; I think the point comes across.

Sermon: Shout Out!

palm leaf tree plant 6“Shout Out!”

(March 29, 2015 – Palm Sunday) Jesus says that if every voice of his supporters were silenced, the very stones themselves would shout out. We reflect on how rocks are powerful metaphors for God’s presence and provision, God’s protection, and God’s cry for justice. How are we, the church built on the Rock, responsible to cry out for those whose voices are silenced? (Luke 19:28-40)

For young black men shot in cities and towns across our country, whose voices are silenced by death, we must shout out. We must shout out “peace;” we must shout out “gentleness.” For transgender youths, ending their lives rather than face one more day of re-inscribed, systemic, soul-crushing oppression, we must shout out “hope;” we must shout out “safety.” For those living in fear as hate crime and discrimination and segregation are packaged as legislation to protect religious freedom… we must shout out “equality;” we must shout out “justice.”

Sermon: Prohibitions and Promises

flower fence freedom“Prohibitions and Promises”

(March 8, 2015) Not only do we tend to resist being told what to do, but we strip faith of its power when we reduce it to a series of do’s and don’t’s. What if, instead, we viewed the Word of God as a promise and a vision of who we are called to be? Might we see it not as something that constrains us, but as something that helps us grow and flourish? (Exodus 20:1-17)

Sermon: When All is Lost

fire big use

A fire consumed the building in February of 1992

The original structure of LUMC

The original structure of LUMC

“When All is Lost”

(March 1, 2015- 23rd anniversary of the burning of Lebanon UMC) Church member Jeanette H. remembers the burning of the church more than two decades earlier, and the congregation that worked together to rebuild afterward. As we reflect on loss, we hear again God’s promise of hope– sometimes the hardest promise to hold on to in the face of loss. Can we see the promise of the future in one another? (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16)

 

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