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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 […]

A Path to Death

Jeremiah 31:31-34; John 12:20-26 Jaques, in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, says, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.” I don’t know if that’s true for everyone, but I know I’ve played the […]

Believe and Live

John 3:14-21 Believe and Live 4th Sunday in Lent March 15, 2015 You will be transformed. You will be changed. You will be saved. That’s the message of John’s gospel. It proclaims that Jesus is divine and human, God incarnate, who has come into the world. The scripture proclaims that as we believe in Christ […]

Stop Being a Duck

March 8, 2015 Lent 3 Amos 5:21-24; John 2:13-22 Stop Being a Duck Not long ago the pastors of churches involved in the CWish program met at the Co-Op church to talk about how things were going as we interacted with the homeless population in McMinnville. A guest at the meeting was Officer Heite. He […]

Choosing to Live

Choosing to Live Genesis 17:1-7; Mark 8:31-38 Here we are in Lent, with Jesus on a journey to the cross, and for the disciples it’s an upsetting time because they’re blind. At least that’s how Mark portrays them in his Gospel. He paints the picture by including healings of blind people in his story of […]

God the Risk-Taker

Jonah 3:10-4:4 Well, we’re coming to the end of Jonah’s story. He’s been through a rough time. God tapped him to preach repentance to the Ninevites, Jonah tried to hide in the belly of a ship, ended up in the belly of a fish, finally went to Ninevah, and much to his dismay they took […]


Jonah 3:1-5, 10 Mark 1:14-20 February 15, 2015 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” 3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important […]

Halfway Home

Halfway Home Jonah 2:2, 1 Cor 1:18-21 In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. from the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. Jonah’s had a rough day. Caught up in a storm at sea, berated by the ship’s crew, tossed overboard, sinking […]