Sermon


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


The late 19th century Philadelphia Pastor named Russell H. Conwell, who founded Temple University, raised money to build that school by giving literally hundreds of lectures across the country. And every lecture Conwell gave included a true story which he called, “Acres of Diamonds”. It goes like this: “There was […]

Sermon: Hidden Treasure


I’ve been wondering lately about those little seeds that get planted in our lives – planted in our hearts and minds – through childhood experiences – those little moments in time – through words that are spoken either in love or in haste. Wondering about the haphazard way in which […]

Sermon: Planting Seeds of Faith



A Presbyterian minister, a Priest and a Rabbi were talking over lunch about prayer in general and the most appropriate posture and effective position for prayer in particular. As they were talking, a telephone repairman, working on the phone system in the restaurant, was sort of eavesdropping on their conversation. […]

Sermon: SUMMER SOULSTICE



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: Almost Angels




Several years ago, I was called to make a pastoral visit with a parishioner, Ramona who had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The doctor’s prognosis was that she had  about one month to live. As I sat down to talk with Ramona that day, I expected her to want […]

Sermon: The Company We Keep




Mother’s Day can be kind of a dilemma for the preacher. It doesn’t observe any religious festival, such as Christmas or Epiphany, Easter or Pentecost. It’s not marked on the liturgical calendar of the church. The common lectionary readings don’t revolve around the theme of mothers in any intentional or […]

That All Might Know Love