Contributing sermons since Oct 26, 2002
Contributed on Mar 20, 2012
Lent 4: We are all snake bit. Need proof? See what happens in the darkness... Listen to the griping and complaining... Listen to the poisonous words that come from us. But God has provided a solution to save the snake bit... His name is Jesus.
As a boy, I learned to hunt small game. Dad would take me out to a friend’s ranch. We’d follow cow paths through the brush and cactus looking for rabbit or hare. I remember one time we were out there walking along a cow path. All of a sudden we heard a loud dry rattle. You guessed ...read more
Contributed on Mar 17, 2012
Lent 3: A narrative sermon from the perspective of a seller of doves and pigeons. It is based on the account of Jesus first cleansing of the temple.
[Note: This is a narrative sermon told from the perspective of, Yoseph, a seller of doves and pigeons at the Temple on the day that Jesus came and threw out the sellers and money changers. I put on a ‘costume’ as I changed into the character of Yoseph. The message begins with a brief ...read more
Contributed on Feb 18, 2012
Transfiguration Sunday: Who is Jesus? Maybe better asked, "Who is Jesus to you?" We fail to truly recognize Jesus when we don’t understand his full divinity and his willingness to suffer and die on the cross for our sake.
Who is Jesus? - All-around great guy? Great teacher? Prophet? Savior? God? If you wanted to take the easy way out – your answer would simply be, “Yes.” But I’m not going to let you get away with that. Truly knowing Jesus touches more than understanding. It touches more than knowing ...read more
Contributed on Oct 10, 2009
Ordinary Proper 23: A sermon looking at three erroneous ways we often attempt to inherit eternal life: religion; good works; riches. Set in the context of a fair that has many things from which we can pick and choose.
If you all didn’t make it to the Pan American Fair, you missed a good time! You could buy yourself a bunch of tickets and take them from place to place and play a game or buy a drink or get yourself some good food. Let me tell you a bit of what I tried yesterday: I started off by eating a couple ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2009
Ordinary Proper 22: Our individualistic orientation as a culture has brought many ills upon us. Among those is the deterioration of the family. This message looks at Jesus’ teaching on the intention of God for men and women and children.
Leonard Sweet, professor of theology at Drew University was the keynote speaker at a theological convocation that I attended last fall. Part of Dr. Sweet’s message focused on the rampant individualism that has become so much a part of our culture. Here is a paraphrase of part of what he said: ...read more
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Contributed on Nov 16, 2002
Some weeks ago I was watching the Health Channel on TV. They showed and described different types of plastic surgery procedures. I was amazed at the things that plastics surgeons can do now-a-days. If you need more luscious lips, they can inject collagen and make your lips downright pouty. If ...read more
Contributed on Nov 3, 2002
And when on a dark Friday afternoon this Innocent’s [Jesus] body was placed in a grave, his friends thought that they were seeing the last of Him. No thought of a river carrying life-giving water crossed their mind. He was wrapped in his burial shroud, placed in a borrowed tomb, and a large ...read more
Contributed on Oct 26, 2002
I was reminded of just how much God does to preserve his TRUTH this week. A wee little voice on the telephone answering machine said, “I think you’ll want to read the Newspaper today. There’s a front-page story that you don’t want to miss. Here it is – on the front page of the San Antonio ...read more
Contributed on Oct 26, 2002
The lady must have been desperate. She decided to write a letter to Dear Abby. Her letter reads: Dear Abby, I am 44 and would like to meet a man my age with no bad habits. She signed her name, “Rose.” Abby replies: “Dear Rose: So would I.” There’s more truth to Abby’s answer than her typical ...read more