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 […]


The Eulogy for Cathy Robinson

The Eulogy for Cathy Robinson, delivered by Rev. Jeff Edwards outside on her daughter Tiffany’s lawn on August 3, 2019. People are holy mysteries, full of seeming contradictions.   This is true for all of us.  Our stories are holy, and need to be told, as best we can tell them.  Cathy Robinson was born into […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]



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 […]



A sermon preached by Steve Blake on June 30th, 2019. The Methodist Lectionary after Pentecost and Trinity Sundays references to the Inheritance of God as Christians. So, we have been sent the Holy Spirit in many voices. And, as a Christian we benefit from the different parts of the holy Trinity. These gifts make up […]


My Little Confirmation Sunday Sermon

June 23rd, 2019 I was thinking I might use this time to cover everything I didn’t cover in the past three months, so you guys don’t mind if I go on for a couple of hours, do you? Just kidding.  What I would like to do is simply express the core of what I’ve been […]