“A New Commandment.”

May 19, 2019 Acts 11:1-18 John 13:31-35   Despite what many people think, the bible is not a rulebook. Nor is it a manual on life with instructions for dealing with all of the various problems that each of us will encounter as we make our ways. And, contrary to what I’ve learned that many […]


May 12, 2019 John 10:22-30   “How long will you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Messiah tell us plainly.”  In a way it seems like an odd question to be asked in the Gospel of John.  No gospel is more clear on explicitly declaring the identity of Jesus than the Gospel of […]

“Being Whole-Hearted”

May 5, 2019 Acts 9:1-20   Sermon process The inspiration for the sermon always comes, but I never know when it’s going to hit and that almost always causes a bit of stress.  Inevitably, though, each week I feel like God eventually breaks through with some guidance.  Often it happens when a line of scripture […]

“The Power of Belief”


April 28, 2019 Acts 5:27-32 John 20:19-31 Giving Campaign 1   “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”  It is easy to hear those words as if they are directed to Thomas.  In fact, they are directed to him according to the dialogue, and when we read them that […]

“Easter Sunday!”


April 21, 2019 Luke 24:1-12   What is most interesting, I think, about Luke’s version of the Easter story is that there is no body, no Jesus present.  Unlike in John’s gospel, the one that tends to be more familiar, Jesus doesn’t appear to the women, call Mary by name, and open her eyes to […]

Why Should We Love Our Enemies?

Feb. 24, 2019 Luke 6:27-38   Why should we love our enemies?  After 20 years in ministry and a lifetime of being a Christian, it surprises me that that’s my question this time around with this passage.  Why do it?!  Maybe I’ve always assumed that we should because Jesus said so.  It is right because […]

“Why We Need to Know Bartimaeus”


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 […]



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,” […]

“Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”


Oct. 7, 2018 Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16   Here’s how one of my commentaries begins its reflection on Mark 10:2-16: “She did not look like a Pharisee. She appeared harmless: a flowered-print dress, short in stature, glasses too large for her rounded face.  I thought she was going to welcome me to the church.  […]

“True Religion”


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 […]