Recent Sermons

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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February 18, 2018- Genesis 9.8-17

    Most of you know that years ago my mother had a serious stroke which severely disabled her for the last years of her life.  She was living with me at the time, so for some days, while she was in the hospital before being transferred to the Summit, my normal routine was interrupted.  Part […]

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February 11, 2018 – Mark 9.2-9

    Like it or not, we live in what is called the post modern world.  One of the things that means is that for many, perhaps even most people, there is no such thing as absolute truth.  Stanley Grenz, in his book, A Primer on Postmodernism, notes, “There are other paths to knowledge besides reason, […]

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January 28, 2018- Psalm 111

TCC 1/28/18 – both services    Psalm 111     I’m excited about the elevator!  It is expensive.  It is not something everybody will need to use.  But for those who do need it, it will be an important addition to our facilities.  It will be another sign that we are working to practice welcome, as we […]

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January 21, 2018 Jonah 3.1-5,10

    Stories.  That’s what you told me you remembered from sermons when I did the research for my Doctor of Ministry degree all those years ago.  I would bet that if I did the same research today I would get the same answer.  There’s something powerful about stories, isn’t there?  That’s why we like a […]

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