Category: Pastor Jeff’s Sermons


God Calls Us to Live Life Large

A sermon preached on May 5, 2019 based upon John 21:1-17, entitled “God Calls us to Life Large” The impression you get in this story that seems tacked onto the Gospel of John is that the early followers have sort of lost their way.  At least seven of the original disciples are back up in […]


Thomas and the Longing for an Experience of God

A sermon preached on April 28th, 2019 based upon John 20:19-31, entitled, ‘Thomas and the Longing for an Experience of God” Thomas often gets a bad rap.  “Doubting Thomas,” is what he’s called.  Don’t be like Doubting Thomas.   I suspect this whole way of viewing Thomas arose from church authorities – that is “clergy” — […]


Let this Same Mind Be in You

A sermon preached on April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday – and the occasion of the baptism of Zach Thomas Bothe .  Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but […]


Where Will the Elder Brother Find His Rock Bottom?

A sermon preached on Sunday, March 31st, 2019 based upon Luke 15:1-3; 11b-32.   At the outset of this parable, the two brothers seem altogether different.  One seems to epitomize responsibility, a good work ethic and respect for his father; the other seems the embodiment of laziness, disrespect, and self-centeredness. But I want to suggest that […]


Jesus as Our Mother Hen with Wings Wide Open

A sermon preached on March 17th, 2019 entitled, “Jesus as Our Mother Hen with Wings Wide Open: These are distressing times we are living in.  Friday’ horrifying news about the 28 year old White Supremacist who opened fire in two different Mosques in Christ Church, New Zealand as children of God had gathered for prayer […]


Paying Attention to the Forks in the Road

A sermon preached on March 10th, 2019 – the first Sunday in Lent – based upon Luke 4:1-13 Fourteen years ago I was fortunate to receive funding to take a three month, clergy renewal Sabbatical.  The central piece to this time involved a trip I made to northern California where I spent four days alone […]

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