Category: Pastor Jeff’s Sermons

16
Sep

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 […]

25
Aug

The Interconnected Dimensions of Healing

A sermon preached on August 25th, 2019 based upon Luke 13:10-17 entitled, “The Interconnected Dimensions of Healing” The practice of what we call “medicine” reaches back to the beginning of recorded human history.  I once read something that stayed with me, which was that up until perhaps a century or so ago the history of […]

20
Aug

Hate

A sermon preached on August 18th, 2019 based upon Matthew 5:43-48 entitled “Hate.” Having been away last Sunday, it was two weeks ago that I last preached.  The Saturday evening before I was to preach, with my sermon written I tuned into the news and discovered the horror of young man who drove nine hours […]

04
Aug

He Had the Biggest Barns in Town

A sermon preached on August 4, 2019 based upon Luke 12:13-21. I drove to Pennsylvania yesterday to preside at a memorial service for a woman from my previous congregation.  To prepare to write a eulogy, I listening to her children and her sister describe the life she had lived in the thirty years since I […]

28
Jul

Jesus’ Instructions for Prayer

A sermon preached on July 28th, 2019 based upon Luke 11:1-13. In their time together, the disciples could not help but note how often Jesus took time to pray.  They sensed that it was in his practice of prayer that Jesus received his extraordinary spiritual power, his centeredness in this restless world, and his remarkable […]

21
Jul

Responding to What the Moment Calls for

A sermon preached on July 21st, 2019 based upon Genesis 18:1-10a and Luke 10:38-42.  We tend to turn the world into binary categories.  That is: either this, or that.  Either you are conservative or liberal, masculine or feminine, introverted or extroverted.    Although we need categories by which to organize our lives, there is a […]

15
Jul

The Grace to Experience Compassion

A sermon preached on July 14th, 2019 based upon Luke 10:25-37 As Jesus is heading to Jerusalem where he will lay down his life for all people, much like we heard James and John do in the passage from confirmation Sunday, a man comes to Jesus to ask a question that sounds “spiritual” but is […]

07
Jul

Freedom

A sermon preached on July 7th, 2019 based upon Galatians 5:1, 13-25.   This past week we celebrated the 4th of July, a day which always inspires a lot of talk about “freedom.”  Usually when we do so we are referencing our freedom from British tyranny, or any other foreign power that might seek to […]

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