Sermon Series
  • 1. Carry The Torch

    Contributed on Jun 7, 2011

    Being salt and light mean being out there in the world, not pursuing a private spirituality.

    How many of you watch Survivor? I never have. I suppose I should, to be in touch with contemporary culture, in order to be able to speak to it... but it simply doesn’t appeal to me. I have plenty of reality in my own life, thank you, I like my down time to be somewhat more elevated - to coin a more

  • 2. The Gift Of Persecution

    Contributed on Jun 8, 2011
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    Persecution shows us that we are doing what we are supposed to do: be different and make a difference.

    A little over 3 years ago, a group of students at an Alabama high school recited the Lord’s Prayer together in the lunchroom, which prompted a suit by the parents of another student. In response, Judge Ira Dement, on October 29, 1997, termed the action “religiously based more

  • 3. Below The Poverty Line

    Contributed on Jun 8, 2011

    All of the beatitudes - and the rewards that accompany them - presuppose humility, acknowledgement of of one's dependence on God's mercy.

    Are you happy? If not, what would it take to make you happy? “What is happiness?” and “How can I get happiness?” are two of the most pressing questions facing people in the United States today. Most of us don’t have to worry a great deal about food, clothing and more

  • 4. Neither Wimps Nor Wolves

    Contributed on Jun 8, 2011
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    Christian meekness is not weakness; it is strength tempered by obedience.

    Do any of you remember the old musical Camelot, about King Arthur and the Round Table? It was popular back in the early 60's, it’s one of the reasons the Kennedy White House started being called Camelot. The reason I bring it up is because of Lancelot. Remember Lancelot? Until he and more

  • 5. A Healthy Appetite

    Contributed on Jun 9, 2011

    The proper response to mourning over the reality of suffering, and the key to meekness, is not conquering desire, but learning to desire the right things.

    How many of you are planning to watch the Super Bowl this evening? Now for the real test - everyone who’s rooting for the Giants, please raise your hands. Okay, hands down. Now, who’s for the Ravens? Who doesn’t much care one way or another? By the end of the day, half of more

  • 6. Unstrained Mercy

    Contributed on Jun 9, 2011

    Unstrained mercy needs to be constrained by the same constraints that God himself recognizes: by wisdom, by justice, by the long-term, eternal good of the person you are trying to help.

    We’ve seen a lot about pardons in the news lately, haven’t we. Why did former President Clinton pardon Marc Rich? The “fugitive financier” is the nicely alliterative phrase that all the commentators use - I bet the journalist who coined the phrase is wishing he - or she - more

  • 7. Heart-Eye Coordination

    Contributed on Jun 9, 2011
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    Our ability to see clearly is dependent on the condition of our hearts, which are made and kept pure through Scripture, worship and prayer.

    How many of you wear glasses? I’ve worn mine since I was seven years old. I was able to wear contact lenses for about 20 years but after about 40 they don’t work so well. And even contacts with the new technology, entails juggling with reading glasses, since I have to wear bifocals. more

  • 8. Righteousness Plus

    Contributed on Jun 10, 2011
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    Righteousness greater than that of the Pharisees isn't about behavior: it's about bone-deep transformation.

    We’ve been shocked and horrified once again this week at the shooting of children by children, from Santee CA to next door in Pennsylvania. And the commentators and pundits are asking once again what kinds of laws we should pass to keep this from happening. Most are honest enough to admit more

  • 9. Murder Mystery

    Contributed on Jun 10, 2011

    Anger, the impulse to destroy, is the direct opposite of love, the force which gives life. This is why anger is equivalent to murder in the eyes of God, who looks on the heart.

    Have you ever caught yourself looking at your reflection in a shop window? I have to confess that I sometimes do. Or maybe you're not that vain, or not as self-conscious. Maybe you're one of those blissfully secure people who (once you get your clothes on) never give your appearance another more

  • 10. Thy Kingdom Come

    Contributed on Jun 11, 2011

    Responding to unfairness and disrespect with grace and generosity imitates God’s own treatment of us, and requires three preconditions: realism, humility, and trust.

    I had a difficult decision to make this week. I had to choose between continuing my series on the Sermon on the Mount, or take a break to preach on Palm Sunday. But the more I looked at the passage for this week, and meditated on Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem that long-ago Sunday afternoon, more

  • 11. Broken Speech

    Contributed on Jun 11, 2011

    God doesn't simply forbid swearing falsely, he forbids speaking falsely, which grows out of living falsely.

    I’ve been racking my brains all week to find a lead-in to this week’s commandment without referring to politics. But I keep coming back to it like a moth to a candle. At least we’re no longer right in the middle of actual accusations of perjury... but the question of truth vs. more

  • 12. Present Perfect

    Contributed on Jun 11, 2011

    Our behavior should reflect our relationship with the perfect God, rather than our relationships with imperfect people.

    Once upon a time, long long ago, in a galaxy far far away, that passage from Matthew changed my life. Well, it wasn’t another galaxy, exactly, but it was certainly another world. And it certainly feels like a longtime ago. I started working for the Pillsbury Company over 30 years ago. more

  • 13. Private Viewing

    Contributed on Jun 16, 2011
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    Piety should not be on public display; this doesn't mean that Christianity should be practiced in private.

    An old joke says, people would be equally shocked if they saw Christianity doubted or saw it practiced. Of course nowadays lots more people openly doubt Christianity than they used to, but I don’t think many more people openly practice Christianity than they used to. At least not in this more