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God’s Call

Isaiah 6:1-8 Romans 8:12-17 Do you have your cell phones with you this morning? Who called you most recently? A family member? Someone at work? The mechanic telling you your car was ready? Or was your most recent phone call from God? Calls from God were what the prophets experienced. Not on cell phones. But […]

Work of the Spirit (Pentecost)

Pentecost May 24, 2015 This morning we read part of the 104th Psalm. Traditionally this psalm is read on Pentecost Sunday, which is today, by the way, and the reason its read on Pentecost Sunday is because of v.30, which says “When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face […]

Imagine the Scripture

May 17, 2015 Psalm 1 John 17:6-19 So Jesus says in the prayer, I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but […]

That Four Letter Word

May 10, 2015 (Mother’s Day) 1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17   The first time I ever preached a sermon was in my home church of Birmingham, Michigan. I was in high school. It was supposed to be 1/3 of the sermons preached on youth Sunday, with two classmates taking the rest of the time. They […]

Family Matters

    Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22:25-31 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 Family Matters It is a while after Easter, and Philip is awakened by an angel with an outrageous demand. “Get up!” says the angel, “Go into the middle of the desert at noon.” Even more amazing than the request, Philip just does it. And, […]

Of Sheep and the Shepherd

April 26, 2015 Psalm 23 Who were your role models growing up? You know, the people you patterned your life after? Did you try to follow in the footsteps of your parents, or a neighbor, or a grandparent? What about a professional person, a doctor or lawyer or a teacher? Or a tradesperson you admired? […]

Unlocked Doors

April 19, 2015 Luke 24:36b-48 Taken a trip lately? Take you long to get ready? Pack your bags, get your mail stopped, put the newspaper on hold, and if you’re flying, put all those liquids in a plastic Ziploc bag. If the kids are going along, there are a few more steps. Make sure they […]

Easter Morning

April 5, 2015 Psalm 118:19-24, John 20:1-18 20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They […]

Parody of a King

Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015 Psalm 11:-26-29 Mark 11:1-11 History is replete with the actions of conquerors. When Caesar returned to Rome in 48 bc, he led a hardened army into the city to defy his enemies. When George Patton conquered Northern Sicily during WW II he arrived in Messina before the British could get […]