The Temple And Useless Flesh

August 23, 2015
I Kings 8:(1,6,) 22-30, 41-43; John 6:56-69

I must start by thanking Gene Miller for pointing out the sermon for me today. Last week after the service, Gene came to me, bible open, pointing to the passage from John. “Here is your text, I can’t wait to hear what you do with this next week.” I looked down and saw where Gene’s […]

Bathsheba and David: Part II

August 02, 2015
II Samuel 11:26 -12:13; Psalm 51: 1-12

You notice that this sermon is part 2. Sometimes the lectionary works that way for preachers. (After these two heavy weeks with David, I am sure we will all be glad to get back to the stories of Jesus.) So to recap – last week David stayed home during the spring, which is the season […]

Bathsheba and David: Part I

July 26, 2015
II Samuel 11:1-15; Ephesians 3:14-21

About 12 summers ago, when I was learning to be your pastor, Joe Roos and I sat on chairs right here and had a conversational sermon about this passage from II Samuel. My take on it then was that David raped Bathsheba. I said we don’t usually talk about it that way but in my […]

To Be In Need . . .

July 19, 2015
Psalm 23; Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

O LORD, you are my shepherd – I want nothing more. You let me lie down in green meadows; you lead me beside restful waters: you refresh my soul. You guide me to lush pastures for the sake of your Name. Even if I’m surrounded by shadows of Death, I fear no danger, for you […]

Holy Interruptions

June 28, 2015
Psalm 130; Mark 5:21-43

I have been thinking about bodies this week: black bodies, brown bodies, white bodies, LGBTQ bodies, straight bodies, young bodies, old bodies, athletic bodies, bodies that struggle to move. What does it mean to live in a body? The mind and spirit are embodied, no matter the skin tone, gender identity, orientation, ability or age. […]

That Awe-full Feeling

June 21, 2015
Job 38:1-11; Mark 4:35-41

Jesus is tired. For days he has been surrounded by people, crowds of people, expecting him to perform – miracles, healings, at the very least there have been expectations of him to offer words of wisdom and teaching. So many people have been following him that at one point the crowd prevents him and his […]

From Small Seeds

June 14, 2015
I Samuel 15:34 -16:1-13

We are such good Anabaptists here at Hyattsville Mennonite, so focused on Jesus and his teachings. Our friend Elham – new to the faith, commented to me recently that she could tell the New Testament is the most important because we don’t read the Hebrew bible. It’s true; we do mostly focus on the New […]

As We Share in Our Comfort and Suffering

May 17, 2015
II Corinthians 1:3-7; Isaiah 51:11-16

It is a pleasure to be here again not only being part of such an important event like Days of Prayer and Action for Colombia, but also visiting and spending time with the congregation that we consider our community of faith and home church. I am glad that I have the opportunity to do both […]

Philip and E.E.

May 10, 2015
John 15:1-8; Acts 8:26-40

Reading this text over and over this week brings back a vague childhood memory of this story from Acts. It was in my bible story book: the picture was of an exotic, dark skinned, half naked, bald man sitting in a chariot reading. Maybe the lesson was how important it is to share your faith […]

“If We Must Answer Today”

April 26, 2015
I John 3:16-24; Acts 4:5-12

After the devastation of Jesus’ death, and the exhilaration of his resurrection, the small disparate group of good Jews, outcasts, struggling fishers, healed and hoping-to-be-healed really begins to expand. These stories of the early church according to Luke in the book of Acts are exciting and high energy. The Holy Spirit has come among the […]