Contributing sermons since Jan 18, 2007
Contributed on Feb 20, 2007
How an encounter with Christ as Lord should have changed the disciples, but didn’t.
Sometimes we tend to forget that Jesus came to Jewish people and as a member of Jewish society. So we can neglect the impact of some of the events of his ministry, and the impact they had on the people who first heard them. The transfiguration can definitely be one of those events. We look on ...read more
Contributed on Feb 13, 2007
Our decision to share our faith can be built on shifting sands, or solid rock.
I’ve met folks who think that if Jesus walked among us today like he did back in Galilee, we’d be so much better off in our Christianity. How could we ignore him, they ask, if he was right here in front of us? Judging from the people who were right in front of him a couple thousand years ago, it ...read more
Contributed on Feb 8, 2007
Peter meets the Holy, and wonders what he should do.
Welcome to round 637 of “Fights over stuff that’s not as important as everyone thinks it is.” Older translations have Jesus telling Simon he will now be a “fisher of men,” while newer ones say he will catch or fish for people. Folks who prefer the older version point to the rhythm of the words and ...read more
Contributed on Jan 31, 2007
Paul plays a trick
This passage from Paul is one we usually see in weddings, so we’re accustomed to it as a stand-alone passage. And it has a lot to teach as a stand-alone passage. But Paul wrote it as part of an answer to the Corinthian church, teaching them about spiritual gifts. In the previous chapter, he ...read more
Contributed on Jan 25, 2007
David learns his mistake!
In our story today, we’ll see King David ask, “What’s with all the chickens, and why are they coming here to roost?” To refresh, David and Bathsheba had a liaison after David spotted her bathing on her roof. She was married, so her pregnancy would have, at the very least, marred David’s image in ...read more