Sermon


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



A Vermont farmer was sitting on the porch with his wife. As he sat there, he started realizing just how much she meant to him. And it was about time—they had been married for forty-two years; and she had been such a huge help to him, a tireless worker, and […]

Sermon: Created to Praise


In the first congregation I served, in Cleveland, there were these two extremely elderly gentlemen – both widowers – who would always sit together in worship on Sunday morning. I remember distinctly, in the middle pew section, just about six rows back from the chancel/pulpit. And I can see their […]

Sermon: RESTORING SABBATH




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One of my college art professors at Wichita State University, who grew up on a farm outside of St. Louis, told me that the first time he drove into Kansas he was fascinated by the fact that all the trees and vegetation were leaning toward the north. “It really baffled […]

Sermon: Listening to the Wind