Sermon: Re-Form- Leaving Comfortable Places

emerge series“Re-Form- Leaving Comfortable Places”

(April 23, 2017) The more we learn about butterflies (and moths) and the process of metamorphosis, the better it preaches about the transformations of the Christian life. Tombs, cocoons (or chrysalises), wombs, and locked rooms may seem like safe places, but instead are the places where Jesus finds us. Like the caterpillar, we are broken down to be re-formed in God’s hands. Are we really ready for this complete transformation? (Luke 1:26-38John 20:19-31)

IMG_0058A new favorite of many in the congregation, and as promised, my self-disclosure of how very wrong I was about butterflies’ bodies.

Sermon: Emerge- Tombs & Cocoons

emerge series“Emerge- Tombs & Cocoons”

(April 16, 2017 – Easter) You’d never suspect that a cocoon would hold a butterfly, and yo would certainly never suspect that a tomb might hold a risen Savior. Yet, God is full of surprises, and the Easter season beckons us to break free from all that confines us, spread our wings, and fly! What transformed beauty might we see– might we be– when we emerge? (John 20:1-18)

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Easter Sunday altar

Sermon: The Gift of Disappearing

promo-tall“The Gift of Disappearing”

(April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday) Caught between the poles of fear and shame, we sometimes let one or the other construct an image of ourselves, when in fact, each pulls us away from who God calls us to be. Jesus, having journeyed in the Dark Wood, knows the gift of sliding past those expectations, turning sideways to them, and disappearing, to emerge as who he has always been: God’s beloved Child. (Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 11:1-11)

Sermon: The Gift of Temptation

promo-tall“The Gift of Temptation”

(April 2, 2017) We think of temptation as a bad thing, but what if it is a gift– one that points us to our path? What if our temptations give us the chance to confirm our calling and commitment? (Matthew 4:1-11)

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.”

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)