Sermon


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


In the early spring of last year we were living in a little condo in Davenport, Iowa. It was early March and I was coming to the end of an extended interim ministry which had proven extremely challenging. After three years of dealing with a variety of stressful issues, I […]

A Change in the Garden



When I was a boy, my mother would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. “I don’t know, Mom,” I’d say. “I’m only eight years old.” “Someday,” she would reply, “you’ll have a burning desire to do something; and then you’ll know.” I grew up, went […]

Doing a Slow Burn



A few years ago, after an Easter worship service such as this, a parishioner of mine told me a joke and graciously suggested that if I found the right place to plug it in I was welcome to use it; if, that is, I thought it was appropriate. The thing […]

Sermon: Hanging Onto Easter



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I love Palm Sunday. This special celebration brings back so many fond memories growing up at Grace Presbyterian Church; with all the children marching into the sanctuary to the hymn “All Glory, Laud and Honor,” waving our palm branches and shouting with the congregation, “Hosanna!” as we went. I remember […]

Sermon: THE PASSION AND THE PALMS