Recent Sermons

May 13,2018- Acts 1.15-17, 21-26

    We were in Port Arthur, Texas, which is on the Gulf coast between Houston and Louisiana, on a mission trip.  Hurricane Rita had pummeled the area, and these folks were feeling a bit forgotten, because it made landfall about a month after Hurricane Katrina, and New Orleans and environs were receiving all the attention.  […]

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April 29, 2018 – Acts 8.26-40

    By now I probably don’t need to remind you that at the beginning of the book of Acts Jesus says to his disciples, “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  And I probably don’t need to remind you that in the same […]

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April 22, 2018 – Acts 4.5-12

    When I was working on my Master of Divinity degree in seminary I was a New Testament major.  As I was making my way along through the requirements I got to a point where I needed another New Testament course, and all that was available at the time was a course on the book […]

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April 15, 2018 – Luke 24.36b-48

    One summer when I was on staff at Camp Caroline, the Christian Church in North Carolina’s version of Craig Springs, there was a bank robbery in the nearby town.  Camp Caroline is located way down east, where Dawson’s Creek empties into the Neuse River.  At the camp the creek is a half mile wide […]

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April 8, 2018- Acts 4.32-35

    We Christians do some strange things.  For example, while everyone else is out playing golf or sleeping in on Sunday mornings, we go to worship.  While everyone else is spending money redecorating their living rooms, we give our hard-earned money to the church so that there will be someone to preach to us when […]

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April 1, 2018 -Mark 16.1-8

    John the Baptist appears around the Jordan river, telling people they need to repent of their sins, baptizing them in the river as a sign that they intend to do so.  And he has another message.  Someone else is coming, he says, someone much greater than he.  This other person will baptize not with […]

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March 26, 2018 – Mark 11.1-11

    Last Sunday evening I told the Mark discussion group that this was a tough Sunday for preaching.  Every other Sunday of the year the lectionary, the suggested set of scripture readings for each Sunday, provides four options – a First Testament lesson, a reading from the Psalms, a Gospel lesson, and a Second Testament […]

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March 11, 2018- John 3.14-21

    I can’t imagine living in Alaska, particularly northern Alaska.  I don’t know how I would deal with those winter days with no sunlight.  I can manage the winter days we have, and I don’t mind cloudy, rainy days here and there, especially since we depend on well water at our house.  But in Barrow, […]

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March 4, 2018 – Exodus 20.1-17

    I just have to tell you what I’m excited about these days.  I’m very excited about the Red Letter Christians revival that will be at E.C. Glass the weekend after Easter.  The headline people who will be speaking, William Barber, Tony Campolo, and Shane Claiborne, are all people I admire very much.  Tony Campolo […]

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February 25, 2018 – Genesis 17.1-7,15-16

    It seems like I have talked a lot about Abraham and Sarah lately.  So I apologize if you’re getting tired of hearing about the importance of the covenant God makes with them.  I promise that today I will at least try to take a different angle on this story.     We do have the […]

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