Sermon for Trinity Sunday Based on Isaiah 6:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17.
This is Memorial Day weekend. There will be apt attention to those who sacrificed themselves – ready or not—to the great ideals on which this country stands. Memorial Day for Americans calls us again to respect and practice the great ideals of freedom, justice, and human dignity. Continue reading
Having served often as a “consultant” and having contracted often with consultants, I know a lot of consultant jokes. What has that to do with today’s texts on this “Good Shepherd Sunday”? I’ll tell you a “consultant” joke to explain. Continue reading
Based on Mark 16:1-8
Christ is risen! He is Risen Indeed. Alleluia! So we say it. What does it mean, really, to say that Christ is risen? To say that Christ is Risen is more than just saying it. You know that throw away phrase, “just saying?” In this case, there is no “just saying.” In this case, saying is trusting, and trusting is practicing. Now there’s a mouthful and a life-full. How in the world do we “practice” resurrection? Continue reading
Based on Numbers 21:4-9 and John 3:14-21.
Duane Larson, Senior Pastor
There is always some humor in the people of God, if even kind of dark. We just read of the Israelites having been out on their exodus for a while. They had become impatient with their wilderness journey. They felt like they were going in circles, …because they were. They tired of manna and rationed water. They complained about the menu in overstated terms. “There is no food and no water,” they said. And then they said, “we detest this miserable food.” They anticipated Yogi Berra, because they pretty much said “We have no food and it tastes awful, too.” That is also sort of like Mark Twain’s words in Huckleberry Finn about the preacher; “He never charged nothing for his preaching and it was worth it, too.”
If you must ask, really, this sermon is free. Unless you choose to pay. Continue reading
Based on Mark 8: 31-38
Jesus, turning and looking at the disciples, said to Peter, “get behind me, Satan!”
Here’s a thought experiment. What would Jesus’ momma have said if she witnessed and heard this whole exchange? It might have gone something like this. Continue reading