Tag: Sermon

  • New Life After Loss (John 21:1-12)

    This is a portion of the message that I gave on resurrection Sunday, April 5, 2015 We have been reflecting on the theme of transformation this year, because as the elders spent time praying for the coming year, we knew God was inviting into deeper transformations as a community. A lot has been said, and […]

  • The Maze Dull Truth (Mark 1:21-28)

    Expectations and Maze Dull Rats Robert Rosenthal was a psychologist who is famous for his experiment with rats in a maze. The experiment looked at “expectancy effects” and how our expectations have a direct effect on the outcome of what we are doing (link). In 1963, Rosenthal took two groups of students to test how […]

  • On Being Exiled, Trains and Belonging

    On Being Exiled, Trains and Belonging

    This is my sermon from this past Sunday: “I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed […]

  • On Not Locking Anyone Out – Matthew 25:1-13

    On Not Locking Anyone Out – Matthew 25:1-13

    “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was […]

  • Learning to Say Farewell

    Learning to Say Farewell

    Finally, my brothers and sisters, farewell in the Lord. The letter to the Church in Philippi reflects Paul’s own uncertainty about his life and what I think is his own trying to prepare his community for his passing (cf.  1:6; 1:20–24; 1:27; 2:5–11; 2:12–13; 3:7–11; 3:12–16). The letter itself is believed to have been written around 62 CE and Paul is believed to […]