“Thank You”: Our Duty and Our Joy (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning, October 13, 2019. The gospel text was Luke 17:11-19. Those ungrateful lepers. Jesus healed ten of them, and only one turned back to say “thank you.” It’s easy to look at this story, and focus on those nine ingrates. Even Jesus seems to … Continue reading “Thank You”: Our Duty and Our Joy (Sermon)

The Right Direction (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 17:5-10. We also celebrated the Holy Baptism of an infant child, whom I'll call Paxton here. Good morning, Paxton. I’m so glad you’re here today. Today you are baptized. Today God washes you clean of your sin. Today … Continue reading The Right Direction (Sermon)

Crossing the Chasm (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 16:19-31. During worship this morning, we celebrated the baptism of an infant I'm calling Matthew. Good morning, Matthew. I’m so glad you’re here today. Today you are washed by the waters of Baptism. Today God claims you as … Continue reading Crossing the Chasm (Sermon)

Whom Will You Serve? (sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The gospel text was Luke 16:1-13. For centuries, scholars have been confounded by this parable. This is without a doubt one of the most confusing stories Jesus ever told. It’s a story of a man caught by his boss, caught for squandering money. … Continue reading Whom Will You Serve? (sermon)

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better (Sermon)

I’m not sure, but I think that we all believe that we’re better than somebody else. We all know that we’re not supposed to. Maybe we’d all deny it. And some of us may think it’s not true. But I think, deep down … Here, take this. Remember the TV show MASH? If you’re my … Continue reading Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better (Sermon)

Faith Stories (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning. The text I preached on was Hebrews 11:29 -- 12:2. The book of Hebrews tells us some faith stories. First, the faith story of the Israelites who were set free from slavery in Egypt. As they were escaping, the Egyptians pursued them. Hebrews … Continue reading Faith Stories (Sermon)

Living with Affluenza (Sermon)

This is an adapted version of my sermon from this morning. The gospel text was Luke 12:13-21. Alcoholics Anonymous began in 1939 as a support group designed to help people trying to quit drinking. At the core of AA are twelve steps that each member is expected to follow. These twelve steps include things like … Continue reading Living with Affluenza (Sermon)