Author: Pastor Jeff


Seeing One Another As Jesus Sees Us

The sermon preached on January 17th, 2021 – the Sunday before the Inauguration — based upon John 1:43-51, entitled “Seeing One Another As Jesus Sees Us.” Immediately before this morning’s reading John the Baptist points to Jesus and tells his followers that if they want to know God, get to know that guy.  They go […]


On Demagogues and Discerning the Truth

A sermon preached on January 10th, 2021 based upon Mark 1:5-11, entitled “On Demagogues and Discerning the Truth”.  This Sunday is known as Baptism of our Lord Sunday, in which we remember the baptism of Jesus and the truth revealed when Jesus came down to the River Jordan to be baptized by John.   We remember […]


A Parable Turned on its Head

A sermon preached on November 15th, 2020 based upon Matthew 25:14-30 entitled “A Parable Turned on Its Head.” The parables are generally challenging when it comes to probing their meanings, but man!  This parable is particularly perplexing. Did you catch those last words on the lips of the master? “For to all those who have, […]


The Eulogy for Ruthann Stefel

The Eulogy for Ruthann Stefel (July 15, 1945 – September 19, 2020) 1Corinthians 13:1-13;  Luke 18:1-8 You know how we get all these cards at Christmastime in which the sender includes a letter summarizing the events of the past year in their family?  Maybe you’ve done this yourself.  I have. They’re nice to receive – […]


Sympathy for the Chief Priests and the Elders

A sermon preached on September 27, 2020 entitled “Sympathy for the Chief Priests and the Elders”, based upon Matthew 21:23-32.  Philippians 2:1-11 was read during the children’s sermon and connects to the theme of this sermon.  Last week we heard a parable Jesus told as he was on his way to Jerusalem, the place where […]


The Grace Beyond Our Limited Notions of Fairness

A sermon preached on September 20th, 2020 based upon Matthew 20:1-16, entitled “The Grace Beyond Our Limited Notions of Fairness”  A while back a couple of animal behavior psychologists developed an experiment that demonstrated monkeys have an innate sense of what we call “fairness.”  Two monkeys were placed side by side in separate cages.  With […]


The Eulogy for Rachel Marie Weiss

The Eulogy for Rachel Marie Weiss (March 20, 1995 – September 8, 2020)  All childhoods have their hard times; Rachel’s did as well.  But for the most part, Rachel’s childhood was one that was soaked with love. She born to parents who loved her, with a four year old big sister named Heather who adored […]


Getting Clear about Hatred and Evil

A sermon preached on September 6, 2020 based upon Romans 12:9 – 21 entitled “Getting Clear about Hatred and Evil.” In Paul’s letters, he typically spends the early parts describing the Gospel as he has come to know it – that we are saved by a grace that transforms us and not by works of […]


The Great I AM

A sermon preached on August 30th, 2020 based upon Exodus 3:1-15 entitled “The Great I AM”. I want to invite you to go with my in a little flight of fantasy. Let’s imagine that God sends to us our very own guardian angel – think, Clarence from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, just not so clumsy, […]