Creative Peace

September 22, 2013
Matthew 5:43-48; Romans 12:1-2, 9-21

This has been a weekend full of opportunities to focus on Peace.  Yesterday was the United Nations sponsored International Day of Peace which strives to strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples – some folks from this congregation marked the occasion by participating in a gun violence awareness program […]

Philemon and Onesimus

September 15, 2013
Philemon 1-25

Today we get to experience something quite extraordinary; a complete reading of a New Testament book. In fact, it is so unusual to hear from this book of the bible that I discovered sometimes seminary trained folks don’t even agree on its pronunciation. “I am preaching on FI-LEEmon next week,” I told my theologian friend. […]

Lost and Found

September 08, 2013
Luke 15:1-10

These “lost and found” parables that Jesus tells are familiar yet they may seem a bit strange to our post-modern, urban ears. Who cares if one small coin is lost?  Pennies, even nickels are practically worthless. Just this week, I observed a young man (whom I know very well) kicking a lost penny across the […]

You Are Free

August 25, 2013
Luke 13:10-17; Jeremiah 1:4-10

It has been many years now since I memorized and recited this story from Luke as an assignment for a seminary class. It is a powerful experience when the biblical story takes place in your body, even as you feel the words take shape in your mouth. But this woman does not ask for the […]

The Wrath of God

August 11, 2013
Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40

May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all of our hearts be acceptable worship to you, Oh God, my rock and my redeemer. Isaiah 1:10-15 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah! 1:11 What to me is […]

A Living Faith

August 04, 2013
Philippians 4:4-8

 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall […]

Seeking to Pray

July 28, 2013
Psalm 85, Luke 11:1-13

“Teach us to pray.” It seems like a simple request from one of the disciples. They have been journeying with Jesus for months. They have seen Jesus heal people, feed people, raise people from the dead.  He has even given the Twelve “power and authority to overcome demons and cure diseases.” (Luke 9:1) You would […]

Reprising Phoenix

July 21, 2013
Luke 2:25-28, 36-38; Ephesians 2:14-22

Two weeks ago I returned from Phoenix where it was really hot, 112 during the day, 95 at night. And it is almost true, what they say: it’s a dry heat, it doesn’t even feel hot. But add thousands of Mennonites to the mix and your vision can get a bit blurry. Anticipating these big […]

A Couple of Eggs

July 14, 2013
Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Luke 10:25-37

I want to start this morning by thanking you for the opportunity to come before you both as a member of this community and as a pastoral candidate with hopes of serving in a more focused and intentional way in the coming years.  It is truly the grace of God that has brought each of […]

God Isn’t Fair

July 07, 2013
II Kings 5:1-14

Well, isn’t that a grand story.  It’s so heart-warming, exactly what we progressive churchgoers like to hear.  It’s got all the right elements. There is a powerful leader – an enemy even —  who listens to the voice of a marginalized, oppressed class (a woman’s voice no less!).  Even listens to those voices more than […]