Sermons from October 2017

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Grumbling or Gratitude: Expressions in the Wilderness


Exodus 16 tells us that the Israelites are in their 6th week of Wilderness wandering following their deliverance from Egypt. They also enter into a Wilderness cycle of crisis-grumbling-providence-gratitude.  They complain, God hears and responds with God’s provision, God’s providence, and they respond with gratitude.  It’s a recurring cycle not only for the Israelites, but […]

10 Commandments & the Two Greatest Commandments

Intro of 10 commandments – parallel 10 essentials for Stewardship Rabbinic tradition says there are 613 commandments in the Torah – 248 were prescriptive – things God told them to do. 365 were prohibitions – things God forbade them to do. 613 laws of divine imperative.  The Book of Exodus distills these 613 laws into […]

After the Las Vegas Massacre


For the third Sunday in Advent 2012, I was planning on preaching about Mary, Mother of Jesus.   That was until Friday, December 12th when our lives were rocked by the senseless violence that took the lives of 20 first-graders & 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. I changed my sermon. We […]

Eclipsed by Grace: World Communion Sunday

Six weeks ago there was a bit of hype about a celestial event that was occurring in galaxy. While total solar eclipses occur somewhere on Earth about every 18 months, it has been 38 years since the last total solar eclipse passed through the United States, and 99 years since the last coast-to-coast eclipse. Prior […]