Sermon Archive

 

February 2018

“We Share in His Glory” Mark 9 2-9

This week we remember the Transfiguration of Christ.  As Jesus gets closer to His crucifixion, He is led up a mountain where He meets Moses and Elijah and discusses His death.  While the apostles watch, He is transfigured before them, and glows dazzlingly white.
For a brief moment, Christ’s true glory shined through, that people might see Him as He is.  But the glory that belongs to Jesus never truly fades; and that glory is shared with us, for we are His


“We Need to Sort Out Our Priorities!” 1 Cor 9 16-27

There’s a line in J.K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone where Hermione, the female among the three protagonists of the book, is speaking to Harry Potter and his best friend Ron Weasley and she warns, “Now, if you two don’t mind, I’m going to bed, before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed, or WORSE… expelled.”  To which Ron says, “She needs to sort out her priorities.”
I’m tempted to make the sam


January 2018

“Love is Uncomplicated!” 1 Cor 8 1-13

At first glance, this title might seem laughable!  Maybe your mind goes back to the crazy drama that has surrounded your own relationships. Or you might conjure images of the dozens of magazines at the check-out line at the grocery store full of the complicated stories of love in this world!
True enough, but that’s the love that the world gives.  It’s not God’s love.  God’s love is not jealous, or envious; it doesn’t boast; it does not seek its ow


“Run From What Enslaves You!” 1 Cor 6 12-20

As Christians we have been set free from enslavement to the devil.  Now we are enslaved willingly to Christ Jesus!  However, we still live in a sinful world, and we still are attached to our old sinful natures and are vulnerable to being enslaved to things in this world.  In our Epistle lesson this week, Paul alerts us to the dangers of letting things, even things that are lawful, still entangle us in sinfulness.  Paul addresses specifically the problem of sexual immorality and how it can enslave us.  His answer; run! Run from those things that threaten to control you!


“Baptized Into Each Other!” Mark 1 4-11

You have heard it many times before, “We have been baptized into Christ Jesus.”  It is easy just to let those words fall on deaf ears, or go in one ear and out of the other.  Few take the time to ponder the mystery and seek what the Scriptures are telling us when they say this. Perhaps even more mysterious is the fact that Jesus too was baptized.  Why! Why did He need to be baptized?
My heart aches for those who think so little of baptism, imagining it t


December 2017

“From Slaves to Sons” Gal 4 1-7

Who would ever choose to be a slave?  In the beginning, one man chose.  Adam threw away the goodness that God had created in him, and smashed the image of God.  In the disobedience of Adam, all mankind was forced to live in slavery, always under the Law and sin and death.
We are conceived and born into that slavery.  We have never had true, spiritual freedom.  We have always been slaves.
But a moment came in history when a second Man was able to


“Live As If You’re Already In the New World” 2 Peter 3 8-14

The apostle Peter urges us in his second letter to not be anxious for the New Heavens and New Earth, but to be patient, knowing that His apparent “slowness” is just Him being eager to bring as many into the Kingdom as will come.
In the meantime, live like you’re already there – in righteousness and peace.


November 2017

“Good Grief!” 1 Thess 4.13 -18

Our Epistle lesson for this 3rd Sunday of the End Times is 1 Thessalonians 4:3-18.  Here, Paul tells us that as Christians, while we grieve the loss of our family and friends as others might, ours is a good grief!
Ours is a grief of hope; ours, a grief of understanding and knowledge of exactly what happens to us after we die. 
Paul goes on to explain the resurrection on the last day is the reason for this hope and that no one will be left behind!