April 12, 2020 – An Empty Easter

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This is an Easter like no Easter that any of us have ever experienced. No time in modern history has there been a time like this when the vast majority of churches will be closed during the holiest day of the Christian year. Read more →

April, 5, 2020 – The Beginning of the End

It’s Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, the most important week of the Christian calendar. We call the text we just read, the triumphal entry. But it’s hardly that! I mean what’s so triumphal about riding to your death, to a crucifixion? What’s so great about being arrested, humiliated, betrayed, tortured and then hung on a cross to die, like a common criminal? Read more →

March 29, 2020 – Why wait until you’re dead to truly live!

Jesus said to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” I’ve probably quoted this verse in almost every funeral I have ever officiated at. They are words of great comfort and great promise. Read more →

March 22, 2020 – God is with us!

On Monday of this week, I ventured into our local Costco.  It’s not something I would have normally done given the circumstances, but I got a call that our canvas print of Jesus, the photo mosaic composed from thousands of small pictures of our congregation, was ready for pick up.  I told my wife that I was going, and she said, well if you’re going to go, you might as well pick up some chicken.  Okay, I said.  I went and I dutifully wiped down the handle on the shopping cart and proceeded down to the meat department.  I was unprepared for what I saw. Read more →

March 15, 2020 – A Man, a Woman and a Well

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Social distancing. That’s a term I wasn’t familiar with until late this week. Of course, it refers to keeping a particular distance from others in this period of viral transmission. All of us are encouraged to follow the advice from our medical experts in trying to flatten the curve of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Read more →

March 8, 2020 – Sequence Matters

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Before we get into our text from Genesis 12 this morning, we need a bit of background. Abram, who will later be called Abraham, is descended from Noah, through Noah’s son Shem. Abram’s father was Terah and he lived in a land called Ur of the Chaldeans, which was in what is present day Iraq, near the Euphrates River. Read more →

March 1, 2020 – Identity Theft

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Today is the first Sunday in Lent. We begin a 40 day journey that will conclude with the events of Holy Week, the betrayal of Jesus, his arrest, his trial, his crucifixion and of course, at Easter, his resurrection. This year our theme for Lent is, “When they see us, do they see Jesus?” Read more →

February 23, 2020 – Listening to Jesus

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In the church calendar we mark the end of the season of Epiphany on Transfiguration Sunday, which is today. Epiphany, you may recall, from the sermon I gave at the joint worship service at the end of the year, is a manifestation, a vision, the revelation and revealing of God as human in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Read more →

February 16, 2020 – Jesus is Contagious

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Hansen’s Disease is a condition caused by bacteria which can result in skin sores, nerve damage and muscle weakness that can worsen over time. It is not very contagious and occurs in many countries in the world in temperate, tropical and subtropical climates. Hansen’s Disease has been around for a very long time. In biblical times it was known by another name, leprosy. Read more →

February 9, 2020 – Reel Theology Sermon Series: Parasite

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Today we come to the last of our movies in our Reel Theology series. The movie is Parasite and it’s a Korean movie, the first Korean movie to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, along with 5 other Oscar nominations. The word parasite comes from two Greek words, “para,” meaning alongside, and “sitos,” meaning food. So, the technical, original meaning would have been “to eat at another’s table. Read more →