It Takes Courage to Be a Parent

A sermon preached on November 17th, 2019 based upon Isaiah 43:1-3a on the occasion of the baptism of LilyAnn Hope Bryant, entitled “It Takes Courage to Be a Parent.” Our lives are full of wonder and mystery, but in the unavoidable tedium of the daily grind of life we become deaf and blind to life’s […]


God is Bigger Than Our Arrogance and Our Despair

A sermon preached on November 10th, 2019 based upon Luke 20:27-38 entitled, “God is Bigger than Our Arrogance and Our Despair” I’m not good at memorizing lyrics.  I have, however held onto a verse from a country song I learned when I was a young man by the great John Prine entitled “Angel from Montgomery” […]


What Jesus Meant by Faith

A sermon preached on October 6th, 2019 – World Communion Sunday – based upon Luke 17:5-20 entitled, “What Jesus Meant by Faith.” There are at least two potentially distracting pieces of this short passage we just heard. The first is where Jesus says, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could […]


The Pitiable Rich Man

A sermon preached on September 29th, 2019 based upon 1Timothy 6:6-12 and Luke 16:19-31 entitled “The Pitiable Rich Man.” Before I talk about what caught my attention in this morning’s parable, I want to briefly note how often the theme of money — and specifically the spiritual danger presented by wealth — occur in the […]


Life — and Some Parables — are Messy

A sermon preached on September 22nd, 2019 based upon Luke 16:1-13 entitled  “Life – and Some Parables – are Messy.” Life is messy.  As Christians we are called on a journey to grow in faith, hope and especially love, but the journey inevitably includes many stumblings – many times of getting lost in the dark.  […]


The Alternate Universe of the Kingdom of God

A sermon preached on September 15th, 2019 based upon Luke 15:1-10 entitled “The Alternate Universe of the Kingdom of God. No matter your age, pretty much all of us are familiar with Rod Sterling’s classic TV show from the fifties and sixties.  Each episode told a different story.  The opening minute would conjure up a […]