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Sunday, June 7

Home is…

          On social media last week, I put out this phrase and asked for you to complete the sentence with what is true of your experience.  Yeah, I know, the first thing that comes to many of our minds is, “Home is where the heart is.”  But I wanted to know more about your experience of home.  As I read the responses, I noticed some themes…family was a big part…

Fifth Sunday of Easter Sermon

            I have a personal connection with today’s passage from 1 John.  I don’t expect any of you who attended my wedding to remember this, but I chose the first ten verses of this passage as the second reading for my wedding last year.  Many couples choose 1 Corinthians 13 for their weddings…maybe some of you did…because it has become known as the Love chapter.  But I think…

Second Sunday of Easter

Alleluia, Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia!
I’d like to begin today by discussing this question: What is the difference between reading/hearing about a person vs. actually meeting, being in the presence of that person?
With this in mind, over the next few weeks, we are going to study the book of 1 John and discover the answer to this question: Why is…

Easter Sunday Sermon

Alleluia, Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia!
Was there ever a more hopeless ending to an amazing story than the last verse of the gospel: “So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” I don’t think this book would have sold without the rest of the Bible to go with it! But seriously,…

Easter Vigil Sermon

I wonder how many of us have experienced Mary moments…moments in our lives when we are hanging in limbo, not really sure what will happen next, suspended in sadness, fear or confusion, not knowing what to do or what to believe? Mary and the other disciples were already mourning the death of Jesus. Now she encounters a scenario that is very unclear: it would definitely be disturbing if the authorities…

Maundy Thursday

Tonight I want to begin by talking about hospitality. And I’d like to hear your input on this topic, so tell me, what kind of words or experiences or pictures come to your mind when I say the word hospitality?

I think we can establish that hospitality is doing something for the good and comfort of someone else. It is putting our own concerns and preferences aside to listen to the concerns…

Fifth Sunday of Lent

This last week of Lent, we will once again focus on the Old Testament reading because it once again has to do with a covenant. Before we get into a more, I’d like you to take a moment and read over this passage from Jeremiah again. Just take a moment and read it silently to yourself. When you are finished, look up so I know when you’re done.

I hope that you notice first of all how beautiful…

Fourth Sunday of Lent

If you are confused by the story from Numbers, you are in good company, because so am I. My first thought when I saw this story this week was, what am I supposed to do with THIS after 3 weeks of talking about God’s covenants? This story was obviously put here this week so that we understand what Jesus meant in the gospel when he said, “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so…

Third Sunday of Lent

A few weeks ago, I came across an article that stated that Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski dismissed Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon right in the midst of basketball season. Sulaimon was an important player, not a Bobby Hurley or Grant Hill but I knew his name and he was a great 3-point shooter for the team this year.

There were not many details immediately released to explain this sudden…

Second Sunday of Lent

We don’t use the word “covenant” very often any more. As I said last week, we talk more about promises or contracts but rarely about covenants. Actually, the settings in which I’ve heard the word covenant most frequently have been in faith circles. Members of a church covenant with each other to work toward a common goal or support a project. Parents of Confirmation students covenant to be supportive…

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