Recent Sermons

September 16, 2018- Mark 8.27-38

  I changed what I was planning to preach about today.  This past week I was so excited about our anniversary weekend I wanted to do a follow up message.  For a couple of reasons.  First, during last Sunday’s worship service, very early in Coretha’s sermon, her microphone went out, such that some people weren’t […]

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September 2, 2018 – Mark 7.1-8, 14-15, 21-23

As you can tell by the number of times I mention monks in sermons, I’m fascinated by them.  The ones at the monastery I’ve visited in South Carolina are part of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance, also known as Trappists.  That “Strict Observance” catches your ear, doesn’t it?  It means they worship […]

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August 26, 2018 – Ephesians 6.10-20

Let’s start with salaries.  The average salary for a public school teacher in the United States is around $59,000 a year.  Law enforcement officers are right there, with an average of $61,000.  Firefighters are at only $43,000.  The average salary of an NFL player is $1.9 million.  The minimum NFL salary is $480,000.  But NFL […]

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August 19, 2018 – 1 Kings 3.3-14

One of Helen Beth’s nephews from Maine spent a week with us recently, and somewhere along the line we got to talking about books.  It may have been while we were talking about hiking, because he told me I must read Lost On a Mountain in Maine, about a boy, Donn Fendler, who gets – […]

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August 12, 2018 John 6.35, 41-51

  I always have a mixed reaction when I see a passage from the Gospel of John appear in the lectionary readings.  On the one hand, John has some of the most beautiful and familiar verses in the Bible.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was […]

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August 5, 2018 – Ephesians 4.1-16

Take a look at where we are on the facilities improvements campaign.  The thermometer we’ve had in the gathering area says the goal is $117,000, and it looks like that’s going to be very close.  It’s been an interesting process, as we have worked through implementing the list of things we said we wanted to […]

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July 29, 2018 – John 6.1-14

I’ve mentioned that I love being out in the woods.  Give me some time and put me on a trail and I’m a happy guy – a happy camper, you might say.  So I like reading and seeing stories about people who have been lost in the woods or gotten into some sort of trouble […]

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July 8, 2018 – Mark 6.6b-13

Remember when there were no baggage limitations on what you could take on an airplane? Back in that day we took a youth group mission trip to Texas, and we flew from Raleigh/Durham to Houston. When we got to the RDU airport and unloaded the car, we noticed a discrepancy. We lined up Hannah Truxell’s […]

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June 24, 2018 – Mark 4.35-41

    A couple of weeks ago Emie Lou and I went to a Hillcats game.  Shortly after we got there a man came and sat beside me.  After a bit he left his seat, leaving behind a backpack which seemed rather full.  It seemed like he was gone for a long time, and I began […]

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