Stepping Into the Unknown

My sermon from this past Sunday. Text was Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16.   Faith. Hope. Assurance. Christianity has its own language, its own vocabulary, and for those who are new to the Christian faith or new to the church, the vocabulary can be somewhat confusing, with terms that are used so often and so frequently andContinue reading “Stepping Into the Unknown”

Choosing the Better Part

My sermon from this past Sunday. The text was Luke 10:38-42 Having people over is very enjoyable, but it can also be a lot of work. The apartment has to be cleaned, and depending how long people are staying, a guest room may have to be prepared, even if it is a make-shift room. foodContinue reading “Choosing the Better Part”

Reaching Into the Dark

Sermon from this past Sunday. The text was Luke 7:11-17 This is a short story, only six verses to be accurate, but it is a wonderfully beautiful story. This story is another example of how, sometimes, silence can be more powerful and more significant than words. After all, there are only a couple of spokenContinue reading “Reaching Into the Dark”

Faithful Foreigners

Sermon from this past Sunday. Text was Luke 7:1-10 “Not even in Israel have I found such faith” An unexpected statement, to be sure. After all, Israel is where the faithful were supposed to live. Ancient Israel was supposed to be the home of God’s people. Ancient Israel were thought to be God’s people toContinue reading “Faithful Foreigners”

Life on a State Highway

My sermon from this past Sunday. The text was Romans 5:1-5 Paul was spending three winter months in Corinth. He has already been around the Mediterranean world a couple of times on missionary journeys, telling people about the good news of Jesus, starting churches for these new followers of Jesus. During these journeys he wouldContinue reading “Life on a State Highway”

Spectator or Witness

My sermon from yesterday. Text was Acts 1:1-11 Ascension is a difficult day to understand. It is the most overlooked feast day. After all, who wants to spend time in church remembering and celebrating when Jesus left his disciples?  It is difficult to understand because we wonder, why would Jesus leave his disciples? After all,Continue reading “Spectator or Witness”

The Future Hope to Live Now

Sermon from this past Sunday. The text was Revelation 21:1-10, 22-22:5 It was a difficult time for Christians. Nearly one hundred years after the birth of Jesus, a lot has changed. Christianity began as an off-shoot of Judaism, and many early Christians looked and acted a lot like Jews — because they were. However, as Paul andContinue reading “The Future Hope to Live Now”

The Simplest and Most Difficult Commandment

Although we are in the Fifth Sunday after the resurrection, our gospel passage today comes from shortly before Jesus’ betrayal and execution. Jesus and the disciples are gathered together in an upper room that they rented to spend some time together and to observe the Passover. During this time, Jesus took of his outer robe (like someoneContinue reading “The Simplest and Most Difficult Commandment”