Category: Pastor Jeff’s Sermons

18
Jan

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 […]

11
Jan

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 […]

15
Nov

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, […]

30
Sep

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 […]

22
Sep

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 […]

07
Sep

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 […]

31
Aug

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, […]

25
Aug

Living the Question

A sermon preached on August 23rd, 2020 based upon Matthew 16:13-20 entitled “Living the Question.” Several years ago I received an email from a mom from our church that I’ve never forgotten.  In it, she described the experience of her young son — an unusually sensitive, open-hearted little boy of about six who had recently […]

17
Aug

Letting Go of the ‘Perfect Jesus’ for the Jesus who Struggles as We Do, Allowing Himself to to Changed in the Crucible of great Stress.

A sermon preached on August 16th, 2020 based upon Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28 entitled “Letting Go of the ‘Perfect Jesus’ for the Jesus who Struggles as We Do, Allowing Himself to be Changed in the Crucible of Great Stress.”  The sermon followed a children’s sermon on the story of Joseph and his brothers in Genesis. […]