What is God’s Purpose for Me?, February 10, 2019, Luke 19:1-10

I don’t think that we can understand our purpose with other understanding our Identity.  Jesus always began with showing people how God saw them.  Jesus refused to identify the humanity of anyone with his or her work, whether it was fishing or tax collecting.

Why is there Suffering?, February 3, 2019, Job 1: 1-22

Why is there Suffering? HARD QUESTIONS Fourth Sunday after Epiphany Job and His Family 1 There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. 3 He had seven thousand […]

of first importance, January 27, 2019, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures… 

Baptism of Christ, January 13, 2019, Luke 3:15-22

Here is the deal.  God chooses to bring us into the world.  God’s grace claims us and reclaims us over and over again. We don’t need to get all balled up over whether or not we are adequate or worthy.  With the exception of Jesus, we are all unworthy and without hope save in God’s sovereign mercy.

Christmas Eve 2018, 10pm, Isaiah 9:2-7 & Luke 2:1-20

We tend to think of Christmas-season traditions as ancient, but most of them are rather recent, born in the 19th century. “A Visit From St. Nicholas” was published in 1823, and “A Christmas Carol” in 1843. Thomas Nast’s drawings of jolly Santa Claus debuted in 1862. Meanwhile, in 1841, Queen Victoria’s husband, Albert, had introduced […]

Christmas Eve 2018, 5pm, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – by Barbara Robinson Selected texts The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain and […]

An Outrageous Claim, December 9, 2018, Luke 3:1-6

Advent 2C 3In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to […]

Testify, November 25, 2018, John 18:33-38

Allegiances have you proclaimed? I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign…