Not Always Calm and Bright

A sermon originally delivered to Calvary Community (Reformed) Church in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Text: Matthew 2:1-23 | Oremus Bible Browser The Magi have come and gone, it has been an unremarkable two years for the young child, but now, things are going to become challenging once again. It was a messy entry into the worldContinue reading “Not Always Calm and Bright”

Finding Hope Amidst Tragedy

A sermon originally delivered to Calvary Community (Reformed) Church in New Berlin, Wisconsin. Text: Mark 13:1-26. How do we make sense out of tragedy? It seems that we have to deal with this with increasing frequency. If not a bombing, then a school shooting, if not a school shooting, then a massive natural disaster, andContinue reading “Finding Hope Amidst Tragedy”

The Voice That Wakes the Dead

A Sermon originally delivered to Calvary Community (Reformed) Church on November 1, 2015. Text: John 11:32-44 “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” “If you had been here, [he] would not have died.” Have you ever uttered words similar to this? “Lord, if you had been here, things would have beenContinue reading “The Voice That Wakes the Dead”

God’s Graciously Stubborn Refusal to Give Up

Sermon originally delivered to Calvary Community (Reformed) Church in New Berlin, Wis.  Text: Ezekiel 2:1-5   “Does God ever get too fed up with us?” The question came to me. As the question was asked, I could see concern, maybe even worry, come across Sharon’s face. “What do you mean?” I asked. “Does God everContinue reading “God’s Graciously Stubborn Refusal to Give Up”

The Tragically Unfinished Work of Reconciliation

A Sermon originally delivered at Calvary Community Church on June 21, 2015.  Text: 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:13 ———————————————————————– From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view… So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this isContinue reading “The Tragically Unfinished Work of Reconciliation”

Knocking in the Night

A sermon originally delivered at Calvary Community Church in New Berlin, Wisconsin Text: John 3:1-17 I’m not much of a night person, but I wish that I were. Night time is enchanting. While the day-dwellers go to sleep, another world awakes, both people and animals. While we often think that it is only malice thatContinue reading “Knocking in the Night”

The unfair mercy of God

Sermon originally delivered at Calvary Community Church in New Berlin, WI. Text: Matthew 20:1-16 “It’s not fair!” I would protest. I am the oldest of three boys, and as is typical for siblings, and perhaps especially older children, I was hyper-aware to perceived unfairness.  It is almost this primal preservation instinct, that we have toContinue reading “The unfair mercy of God”

Bring Me Your Nothing

Sermon originally delivered to Calvary Community Church in New Berlin, WI. Text: Matthew 14:13-21   Jesus caught word that John the Baptist had been executed, complete with his head presented on a platter. We may assume that Jesus was grieved as the gospel writer records that Jesus went off to be by himself. Much ofContinue reading “Bring Me Your Nothing”