Contributing sermons since Feb 18, 2016
Contributed on Apr 21, 2019
On Good Friday, all hope was lost. Yet, Easter Sunday brought hope, forgiveness, and life to all who would choose Jesus as Lord. He is risen, and he rises us to new life as well!
Luke 24:1-12 The Beginning Nature’s seasons remind us of the seasons of life. There is spring, where new growth is popping up out of the earth. The wild flowers are so pretty this time of year in South Texas. There is summer, and later fall, which here is like a slightly milder form of summer. ...read more
Contributed on Apr 14, 2019
We see three responses to Jesus' death: despair, deliberation from a distance, and conversion. Which group do you most identify with? The cross confronts us with a decision.
Luke 23:44-49 The End Have you ever felt like you’re at a dead end? Like you didn’t really know how to go forward? Maybe you were in a dead-end relationship. Or a dead-end job. Or a dead-end health prognosis. It can be a very hard place to be. Today we’re going to start at the end. But don’t ...read more
Contributed on Apr 7, 2019
Mary, the sister of Lazarus, points us to reckless worship that is costly, active, personal, and sometimes judged.
John 12:1-8 Reckless Worship Every time you see Mary, the sister of Lazarus, in scripture, you find her sitting at the feet of Jesus (Luke 10:39; John 11:32; 12:3). This lady knew how to worship. She knew—when many others did not—that Jesus was the long-awaited Christ. After all, he raised her ...read more
Contributed on Mar 31, 2019
At the cross, Jesus exchanged his righteousness for our sin. God invited us to give him our sin to be forever erased. And God called us to be his spokespeople, to share this good news with others.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 God’s Ambassadors We are about three weeks away from Easter! You know, the nice thing about being a little senile is that you can hide your own Easter eggs, and then have fun finding them. Easter’s coming soon, and it’s about a lot more than just Easter eggs, although those ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2019
Who do bad things happen to good people? There are no easy answers; yet Jesus teaches there is not always a direct link between misfortune and sin. And every calamity is a wake-up all for all of us.
Luke 13:1-9 Debunking the Just World Theory In a “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip sometime back, Calvin says to his dad, “Why can't I stay up late? You guys can!” Then with a wide-mouthed protest he declares, “IT'S NOT FAIR!” His dad replies, “The world isn't fair, Calvin.” Walking away ...read more
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Contributed on Feb 3, 2019
I just finished reading a book called, “The Shack.” I read it about ten years ago, and something made me read it again, and I’m so glad I did. I commend it to you as a book that captures the very essence of a God who wants nothing more than to have a loving relationship with you. What an incredible ...read more
Contributed on Aug 19, 2018
Christians of all people should lead the way in forgiveness. And some do. On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof entered a Bible study group at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Even though he was white, he received a warm welcome from the all-black congregation. When the group closed ...read more
Contributed on May 6, 2018
When I think of drawing on love’s source, I think of Corrie ten Boom. Her family had all died in the Nazi concentration camps. Their crime? Hiding Jews in their home. Somehow Corrie survived. The war had ended, the camps had been liberated, and Corrie was speaking in various churches, sharing about ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2017
Commentator Gordon Fee recalls the famous “miracle mile,” the first time two milers ran under four minutes in the same race. Roger Bannister and John Landy competed in Vancouver, B.C. in 1954. Landy had led all the way, but coming off the final turn toward the finish line he looked over his ...read more