Peace – Prayer – Joy – Love

The Father

Luke 15:11-32     “The Parable of the Prodigal Son” This morning’s question is one that needs to be asked right out of the gate. And I want you to think long and hard on this. Ready? “Are you a sinner?” If you try to deny it, then you are. Perhaps we should rephrase the question to ask, “How good are you at…

“Jesus Gives Us All We Need”

Readings: 1 Samuel 8:4-20; Matthew 6:24 The sermon begins with the story of contradicting signs as read in Oakland Airport : “All you need is love,” by J. Lennon; P. McCartney. “You can’t always get what you want,” by M. Jagger; K. Richards. I wanted this morning’s question to be that age-old one, Rolling Stones or Beatles for the greatest band of all…

Pentecost Sunday                “Breath in the Spirit of God”

Readings: Acts 2:1-8; 12-21 I remember one Sunday morning at our last church we were already running a few minutes behind schedule when one of our members stopped me to ask a “quick question.” He asked me if I could explain the Holy Spirit to him? Now I’ll give him credit that his question was quick. But the choir had already begun to…

Forth Sunday of Easter: “The Good Shepherd and Some Sheep.”

Readings: Psalm 23; John 10:11-18 A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of preaching to my entire family in a private service. It was in a little church on a small island in Scotland where the Macdonald clan had emigrated from a century ago. Now, if you were to visit this island one of the first things you would notice is the abundance of…

Third Sunday of Easter     “A Great Sinner. A Greater Savior.”

Reading: Acts 3:1-19;  1 John 3:1-7 Before we begin, I need to admit that I struggled with this passage. Usually, I love John’s first letter, it’s always a beautiful reminder of who we are. But typical of John, he also slaps me upside the head…even if in the gentlest of ways, it’s still a slap. My problem began when I wanted to…

Second Sunday of Easter      “Doubt: Virtue or Vice?”

READING:  1 John 1-1-2:2; John 20:19-29 I read a wonderful story about C.S. Lewis in a recent devotional that reminded me how Christianity is a religion with both room and reason, for laughter as well as life. On the Monday following Easter Sunday, the Orthodox Church gathers in their sanctuaries for one purpose. To tell jokes. They do this because they wish to…