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There was a fisherman who always seemed to bring home a boatload of fish, every time he went out. It was really amazing, and people wondered how he could be so successful at fishing. Well, the local game warden heard about this man’s uncanny success and asked, without mentioning he […]

Sermon: Recasting the Church


An Ohio colleague tells the story of driving through Pennsylvania Dutch Country with his daughter and her seven-year-old son. And when they passed an Amish horse and buggy, his grandson’s curiosity was stirred. “Why do they use horses instead of cars?” he asked. His mother explained that the Amish didn’t […]

Sermon: Beyond Belief





One of my fondest memories of childhood was the annual Christmas parade in Wichita, Kansas. Like most small Midwestern cities, the downtown would be all dressed up in greenery and garlands, banners and lights; and the Christmas shopping season would officially open with a grand procession down Douglas Avenue. We’d […]

Sermon: Passion Parade


Linda and Karen were members of a certain church. And they volunteered to visit some homes in the area to see if anyone was interested in joining their congregation. So they were given a map and told to go down to Summit Drive and turn right. Now, the leader of […]

Sermon: SCANDALOUS GRACE



Easter Sunday – April 1st 10:00 a.m. Worship Prelude: Variations on “O Filli et Fillae” by Raymond H. Haan Anthem: “Be Joyful Together” by J.S. Bach with trumpeters Samantha Kimber and Bob Petrovitch Scripture: John 20: 1- 18 Sermon: “Easter Hope” Postlude: “Toccata “The Strife Is Over” By Alfred V. […]

Easter Worship Service



In the city of Chicago, one cold, dark night, a blizzard was settling in. A little boy was selling newspapers on the corner, while other people were in and out of the cold. The little boy was so cold that he wasn’t trying to sell many papers. He walked up […]

Sermon: Born to Love



When I was eight years old, my Gramma Della (Renzella Tilma, a staunch Dutch-German Presbyterian), gave me my very first Bible. This was before they had all the different versions for kids, etc., so it was the King James, of course, which made little sense to an eight year old. […]

Sermon: Radical Sabbath