Sermon


Some time ago, I read a true story about a man who came to Peter Marshall, former chaplain of the United States Senate, with a concern about tithing. “I have a problem,” he said. “I have been tithing for some time. It wasn’t too bad when I was making $20,000 […]

Sermon: The Heart of the Matter


At one point in the movie “Pretty Woman,” beautiful street hooker, Vivian (played by Julia Roberts) and multi-millionaire Edward (played by Richard Gere), upon discovering that they might be in love, are sharing an intimate moment during which Vivian reveals her heart to Edward by sharing with him how she […]

Sermon: Our Higher Angels


When we lived in Wichita, Dr. Ron Brown was our physician. Now Ron was member of the church Diane and I grew up in, so he was also a longtime friend. Several years ago, during a routine annual physical, Ron found a little glitch with my blood pressure, which had […]

Sermon: Have Some Salt



The Billy Graham Crusades were a big deal when we were kids. The whole family would gather around the black & white RCA and watch the program from Invocation to Alter Call. I can still remember the soothing baritone of George Beverly Shea belting out the classic song, “It Is […]

Sermon: Worst kept Secret in Town


Who am I? We’ve all asked ourselves – and others – that question at one time or another.  We have all lost sleep agonizing over that question—and perhaps a good deal more trying to achieve a positive response. We have all made the mistake of using the perceptions of others […]

Sermon: Who Am I?


A surgeon, an engineer, and a politician were debating which of their professions was the oldest. “Eve was made from Adam’s rib,” said the surgeon, “and that, of course, was a surgical procedure.” “Yes,” countered the engineer, “but before that, order was created out of chaos—and that most certainly was […]

Sermon: Spiritual Armor-All



The Perfect Storm was a movie released in late June of 2000. Based on a non-fictional book by the same name, the story gave a harrowing account of New England fishing fleets’ encounter with the `storm of the century.’  In October, 1991, a rare combination of atmospheric factors converged to […]

Sermon: IN THE EYE OF THE STORM


“The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not `What a lovely sermon!’ but `I will do something.’”                                                                      Francis de Sales After sitting through a long and tedious sermon on Sunday morning, a six-year-old boy asked his father what the preacher did the rest of the […]

Sermon: “A Sermon on Sermons”


I think the fact that we’ve been doing a lot of baptisms over the past few months is a wonderful thing; baptisms for people of all ages. And it’s great that so many of our young families have been having new babies. It means that our little extended church family […]

Sermon: Body Language



I really appreciate what BJ shared during the Children’s Time this morning, about the `circle of the church.’ It makes an important point about the beliefs, the values and principles that get passed down – transmitted from one generation to the next – and which defines our faith and our […]

Sermon: Faith of our Fathers