Hebrew law, according to Deuteronomy 25:1-3, allowed for flogging as a punishment for a crime. However, the number of lashes allowed in a flogging were to be no more than forty. "If more than that is given, your fellow Israelite would be completely disgraced in your eyes" (Deuteronomy 25:3, Common English Bible). Because forty was … Continue reading Thirty-Nine

Called Together (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. We're in the midst of our annual Stewardship Campaign, and today's theme was "Giving God our Worship Changes Everything." The theme scripture reading was 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. Once upon a time, there was a group of people who wanted to identify who they … Continue reading Called Together (Sermon)

You Have Spiritual Gifts (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Third Sunday after Epiphany. The text I preached on was 1 Corinthians 12:1-12. It's the second week (should have been the third, but ice happened last weekend) of our Stewardship Campaign.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg enrolled in Harvard Law School in 1956. She … Continue reading You Have Spiritual Gifts (Sermon)

Oh, King Herod (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Epiphany of Our Lord. The gospel text was Matthew 2:1-12. Oh, King Herod. Your days were numbered, and you knew it. The magi arrived from the east, and what they told you scared you. They brought word of a birth, a child, … Continue reading Oh, King Herod (Sermon)

Not Just a Frog

This is an adapted form of my sermon for the Nativity of Our Lord, December 24, 2018. As usual, this Christmas Eve sermon took the form of a dialogue between Kermit the Frog and myself. Kermit's lines are in bold print.  If you'd prefer to watch a video of this sermon, check it out on … Continue reading Not Just a Frog

The Light Shines in the Darkness

This is an adapted form of the "Blue Christmas" sermon I preached this afternoon. Blue Christmas is a special service designed for people who find the holidays especially difficult, perhaps because of the death of a loved one, or a painful diagnosis, or some other loss or suffering. The gospel text was John 1:1-14. The … Continue reading The Light Shines in the Darkness

Rejoice, Favored One!

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The gospel text was Luke 1:39-55. Other texts I referred to were Micah 5:2-5 and Luke 1:26-38. About twenty-seven centuries ago, Micah was a prophet who spoke to the people of Judah. Micah preached a message of judgment. … Continue reading Rejoice, Favored One!