Sermons

Measuring The Fig Tree

March 24, 2019
Luke 13:1-9; Isaiah 55:1-13
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HWB 485 (sing) Teach me the measure of my days,             thou Maker of my frame.             I would survey life’s narrow space             and learn how frail I am. These ominous comments in Luke from Jesus and the subsequent parable have me scratching my head every time I hear them. Maybe it is the […]

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March 17, 2019
Genesis 15:1-12; Luke 13:31-35
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Scripture is an ancient text – we live with it in current times, seeking to understand what messages and insights it continues to offer. We can’t help but bring a modern (post, post modern) lens to our reading of scripture because that is the context we are coming from. And yet today, we are going […]

40

March 10, 2019
Deuteronomy 8:1-10; Luke 4:1-13
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Once again we find ourselves embarking on the Lenten journey. Lent is the 40 days (minus Sundays) between Shrove Tuesday and Easter Sunday. It is a season to spend time in intentional reflection and consideration of one’s physical and spiritual state. Very often people give up something for this season as a way of making […]

(trans)Figuration

March 03, 2019
Exodus 34:29-35; Luke 9:28-36
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Today is a mountain top day for our congregation with the ordination of our beloved pastor, Michelle.  And how amazing that we get this biblical mountain top story to accompany us. This is the second time that I get to preach about this transfiguration story on a big day for Michelle. Six years ago, on […]

Love Who?

February 24, 2019
Luke 6:27-38; Psalm 37:3-11
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Friends, I gotta tell you about this recent TEDx talk I heard. The speaker is sort of a rockstar these days. People come from all around the country to hear him. He travels too, he is sort of on tour now, making appearances at a number of TEDx stages. My friend, Matthew, says that he […]

Capacity Conundrum

February 17, 2019
Jeremiah 17:5-10; Luke 6:17-26
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There’s a stream of thought that says every pastor really only has one sermon in them. [For the sake of job security I maybe shouldn’t be exploring this stream of thought since you might start wondering if it is too easy for me to pull together sermons since I apparently only have one…but whatever, here […]

Fishing

February 10, 2019
Luke 5:1-11; Isaiah 6:1-8
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We tell and retell the story of Jesus, to our children, to each other, to other people. (Sometimes I find myself telling a story of Jesus to my friends who aren’t church people, who aren’t Christian. Even I am surprised when that happens.) Each of us may have different reasons for telling the story. And […]

Beauty & Truth

February 03, 2019
Psalm 19:1-6; John 15:1-5
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Those of you who were here a few years back and who listened to me deliver what was probably the longest sermon in Hyattsville’s history will remember that my sermon that day focused on the missing faces in the history of western Maryland, a part of Maryland that has come to be dear to my […]

Listening For The Word

January 27, 2019
Nehemiah 8:1-10; Luke 4:14-30
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Six years ago today, Sunday, January 27, 2013, we celebrated moving back into this space after worshipping for 10 months at the Church of the Brethren.  During those ten months, this building was rebuilt, transformed with a new foyer, new restrooms and importantly, a lift. That Sunday, six years ago, we read the same two […]

Martin Luther King, Jr. & Other Contemporary Prophets

January 20, 2019
Isaiah 9:2-5; Isaiah 62:1-4
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This weekend we remember Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr. 51 years after his death, with his own federal holiday, we are well into the process of making Dr King safe, sanitizing his dream. We are tempted to congratulate ourselves for having come so far – then we see the videos of young (Christian ) white men taunting […]