Sermon: Where the Heart Is

Matthew 4:1-17 If you have ever attended or worked at a summer camp, you might share my appreciation: camp nurses have a difficult job! In addition to managing scores of allergy meds, and epi pens, and inhalers; in addition to managing twisted ankles, and poison ivy,...

Sermon: Never Asked For This

Matthew 2:1-23 It was just a few days ago. All of us were gathered in this room hearing the words of the angels: “Do not be afraid… To you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior who is the Messiah.” Then all the world answered with songs of glad rejoicing....

Sermon: Beyond the Benefit of the Doubt

Matthew 1:18-25 God love the angels. Again and again, they show up heralding their catch phrase “Do not be afraid” as though this time, maybe we’ll be convinced. But here’s the problem, angels are terrifying. Whether they come disguised as strangers or six-winged...

Sermon: By the Tender Mercy of our God

Isaiah 42:1-9 When Elizabeth got pregnant, her husband, Zechariah, didn’t even believe it, so the angel Gabriel made it so Zechariah could not speak until Elizabeth gave birth to John. Once she did, Zechariah took a long look at his baby. Once he named the baby John,...

Sermon: Peace Some Day

Habakkuk 1:1-7, 2:1-4, 3:17-19 Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote the book Between the World and Me as an open letter to his young son. In this, Coates makes a stunning observation.1 I missed this point on my first reading. I am indebted to Austin Channing Brown for pointing it...

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