Sermon: Together in One Place

"Together in One Place" (June 8, 2014 - Pentecost Sunday) The story of Pentecost-- the church's "birthday" as the disciples received the Holy Spirit-- paints a picture of a diverse group all together in one place. In this gathering, differences are not erased or harmonized, but celebrated! Are we living as those who expect, celebrate,… Continue reading Sermon: Together in One Place

Sermon: Empty Tomb; So What?

"Empty Tomb; So What?" (April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday) Easter brings us to the the greatest miracle and mystery of the Christian faith, but what's it all about? What happens *after* the empty tomb to change our lives? God's salvation is still happening, not accomplished all at once. Instead, we are invited into the ongoing… Continue reading Sermon: Empty Tomb; So What?

Sermon: Love is Born, Ready or Not!

"Love is Born, Ready or Not!" (Dec 24, 2013 - Christmas Eve) Into our lives where sorrow and loneliness lurk, into the life of the world, where love was least expected, God's presence breaks in. Christmas is not about celebrating Jesus' birthday-- or at least not primarily about that. First and foremost it is a… Continue reading Sermon: Love is Born, Ready or Not!

Sermon: Christmas is Coming, Ebenezer Scrooge!

"Christmas is Coming, Ebenezer Scrooge!" (December 8, 2013) Bah Humbug! Ebenezer Scrooge's name is synonymous with being stingy and mean and hating Christmas. He seems quite happy with his life, but he has no peace, because he does not live with justice. That Christmas spirit can't be contained, however; Scrooge sees some glimpses of his… Continue reading Sermon: Christmas is Coming, Ebenezer Scrooge!

Sermon: Christmas is Coming, Mr. Grinch

"Christmas is Coming, Mr. Grinch!" (December 1, 2013) The Grinch, alone and angry, despised the whole Christmas season-- until love broke into his life and he found his heart growing three sizes. Can God really break in to our cold-hearted loneliness? (Isaiah 2:1-5) Before the sermon, I played a clip similar to this from the… Continue reading Sermon: Christmas is Coming, Mr. Grinch

Resetting an Open Holiday Table

as posted on the Reconciling Ministries Network blog Family legend tells that the year after my parents separated, my mom faced the prospect of her first Thanksgiving alone. She accepted an invitation to the home of a friend, and my family and I have been spending alternating Thanksgiving holidays with them ever since, adding spouses… Continue reading Resetting an Open Holiday Table