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And then there’s the story about the old miser who wanted to be buried with his money; hoarded every red cent he ever made. Even though he was a multimillionaire, he never even spent any money on his wife: never bought her anything or took her anywhere. In fact, he […]

Sermon: Stewards of Joy


The late Fred Craddock told the following story: “It is not with the blink of the eye that a thirty-something year old will say to me, “Let’s see now, was it next Sunday that my daughter was going to be baptized?” I said, “Yeah, next Sunday.” “Well . . . […]

Sermon: CHOOSING FAITH




Several years ago, one of my parishioners gave me a wonderful little book called: The Gospel According to Peanuts. In one cartoon, Charlie Brown is sitting under a tree talking to Peppermint Patty, who asks him, “What do you think security is, Chuck?” Charlie Brown thinks about it a moment […]

Sermon: The New Normal



The question we are left with today is: Are you envious because I am generous? And if we are honest with ourselves, the answer has to be: Yes. Yes I am. Come on, you can’t say you’ve never been envious of another person; their success, their accomplishments, their talents, their […]

Sermon: No Playing Favorites




During the summer of 2012 while I was taking a summer sabbatical, Diane and I had the opportunity to share pulpit supply duties at a handful of small town and rural churches in Kansas, one of which was Hopewell Presbyterian Church. Now Hopewell is what you would call the epitome […]

Sermon: Where Two are Gathered


Fifty-four years ago, at the heights of the civil rights movement – the spring of 1963 – eight Birmingham clergymen (one of whom was the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Birmingham) wrote an open letter which was published in the Birmingham News on April 12th. Even though […]

Sermon: Dog Days of Summer



The Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA), J. Herbert Nelson, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention Rev. Dr. Steven Gaines, and Pope Francis, were all out fishing together. But they weren’t having any luck catching anything. So the Pope suggested to the group that they go out to […]

Sermon: IN DEEP WATERS