Sermon



Lots of churches, these days like to put a message or pithy saying on the sign out front to catch the eye of people passing by. You know the kind:             Like the sign in front of a Baptist church on a midsummer day in Wichita, Kansas that said: “You […]

Sermon: Sign of the Times


A number of years ago, late one Saturday morning, I received a phone from one of the parishioners of the church I was serving in Cleveland, Ohio. It was Karen, a young mother of four small children, and she was just beside herself. She told me that her youngest child, […]

Sermon: In The Shepherds Fold



The Gospel of John is a bit quirky; it doesn’t just end once. It has two endings. The first ending is chapter 20 – which we read last week – with the final scene describing a resurrected Jesus appearing to Thomas and company in a locked room. The story then […]

Sermon: P. S. I Love You


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A little boy went to Sunday school on a day when his class was studying Moses. After church, as they were riding home in the car, his father quizzed his son about what he learned that morning in Sunday school.             “We learned all about Moses,” said the little guy, […]

Sermon: The Need to Believe


I just read an interesting story this past week. Let me share it with you and then tell me if you think it could be true or not.             It reportedly happened on an Easter morning in a church out in East Texas. The call to worship had just been […]

Sermon: Easter Rising



His name was David. He was a rather serious young man, in his early thirties, and already well on his way to a very successful architect career. David was single and handsome and considered one of the church’s most eligible bachelors. He came up to me after church one Sunday […]

Sermon: A High Standard of Living


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You know, it’s hard to find a really good fishing joke. When you Google “Fishing Jokes,” on the Internet, you pull up stuff like: “What kind of music should you listen to while fishing?” “Beats me.” “Something catchy!”             Or, a biblical fishing joke: “Why didn’t Noah do much fishing […]

Sermon: Casting Into The Deep (remix)


I want to read you a letter from a nine-year-old boy:                                            “Dear NASA,             My name is Jack Davis and I would like to apply for the planetary protection officer job.              I may be nine, but I think I would be fit for the job. […]

Sermon: Born to Serve



by Frank Campagna After purchasing the old church in Stockbridge Mass which once housed the infamous Alice’s Restaurant and turning it into a rescue mission of sorts, providing food, clothing, job training, counseling to anyone who needed it, Arlo Guthrie (son of the famous Woodie Guthrie) was asked by a […]

Sermon: A Compass and a Flashlight