Sermon: Opposite God

Psalm 5 and Daniel 6:10-12,16-24 It is not uncommon for pastors to get asked this question: Tell me, how were you called to the ministry? In his book The Alphabet of Grace, Frederick Buechner includes his response to this inquiry. His answer is not the same as mine,...

Sermon: What Saves Our Lives

(Psalm 103:1-20) and Matthew 5:1-12 For the past few weeks, each Sunday we’ve been hearing a snippet from Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke. It was early in Jesus’ ministry; he was gaining a reputation as a traveling teacher and healer. On this day, the...

Sermon: Did You See That?

(Psalm 34:1-14) and Luke 6:27-31 A few years ago, journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates published a book called Between the World and Me. It is an open letter he wrote to his young son describing what it is to be a black man in the United States today. I am grateful that I read...

Sermon: Singing Through The Wall

Psalm 30 and Luke 6:21 and 25 Jesus walked this lonesome valley. He had to walk it by himself. Nobody else could walk it for him. Nobody else could walk it for you or me; we have to walk it by ourselves. About five years ago, I learned about a debate that had been...

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