Sermons by Rev. Tim Hare

“Why We Need to Know Bartimaeus”


rencontre des filles au maroc Oct. 28, 2018 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52   The Book of Hebrews doesn’t get a ton of play in the lectionary that we (and most other mainline churches) follow. Right now, toward the end of what they call Year B, is high season for Hebrews.  We get 7 weeks of Hebrews; that is, if I […]


by Oct. 21, 2018 Job 38:1-7, 34-41 Psalm 104 Mark 10:35-45   A friend of mine told me the other day how he keeps getting these really inspired sermon ideas.  He shared some of those ideas with me and I agreed: they were fantastic.  The churches where he had been preaching agreed too.  “They really responded,” […]

“True Religion”


link Sept. 2, 2018 Song of Solomon 2:8-13 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23   I told you about Debie Thomas last week. She blogs on the lectionary passages, and so far I have to say I haven’t read a thing by her that’s failed to leave me at least little better off than I was before.  This […]

“What’s the Message?”


discover here Feb. 4, 2018 1 Cor. 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39   I always wonder what you hear when we read the scriptures. What are the sticking points or the questions that might enter your mind as we hear these brief snippets of the bible?  I think about this question as I prepare my sermons. If you are […]

“The Word”


pecos tx dating Jan. 14, 2018 Psalm 139 John 1:43-51   “’In the beginning was… well, what? A clap of the divine hands and a poetic shock wave?  Or, an itchy node of nothingness inconceivably scratching itself into somethingess?  In the beginning was the ‘Word,’ says the Gospel according to John – a lovely statement of the case, […]

“Wait for It”


Nov. 5, 2017 Psalm 107 Matthew 23:1-12   I’ve said it before, but more and more I find these times to be incredibly confusing and unsettling.  It’s our government, it’s our foreign relations, it’s the lack of civil discourse in society, it’s alternative facts and increasing polarization, it’s environmental degradation, it’s the degradation of community, […]

“How Much Faith is Needed?”


Oct. 2, 2016 Luke 17:5-10   Week after week, it seems, Luke is throwing difficult passages our direction. Today’s passage could be read in a couple of different ways.  Likely, we’ve heard the disciples ask for more faith, and we’ve heard Jesus reply in disgust, “You know, if you only had this much faith you […]

“Dishonest Wealth”


Sept. 18, 2016 Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 Luke 16:1-13   Today’s scriptures leave us either utterly depressed or utterly confused. First, there is Jeremiah, known as the weeping prophet.  “My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick.”  There’s deep sadness in this passage, there’s compassion, and anger, and a sense that it is […]

“How Does Prayer Work?”


July 24, 2016 Luke 11:1-13 Chip W. sent me a link to this story by Auburn Sandstrom, which I’ll try to summarize this morning. It is called, “A Phone Call” because it was at two in the morning while cradled desperately in her bed that Auburn dials the number that her mother had once given […]