I John 4: 7-12 Romans 5:6-8 “I Ain’t Well, But I Sure Am Better”

My wife has spoken many words of wisdom to me over the years. I guess it’s a testimony to my stubborn and cantankerous spirit that I am no better than I am after sharing 46 years with her. Nevertheless, one of the simplest but wisest truths she has tried to… Continue reading

Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 10:8-11; Leviticus 25:1-7 “The First Things” (The Goal of Creation) Part 6

In the previous sermon in this series I shared with you the answer I gave during my teaching career as to whether I believed in evolution. Those asking that question were trying to get me fired, so I was very cagey with my answer. I told them that my only… Continue reading

Genesis 1:26-31 “The First Things” (The Image of God) Part 5

The Bible claims in its very first chapter that we are created in the image of God. But what does that mean? Does it mean we look like God? Does it mean we have souls? Does it mean we can love? Does it mean that we, unlike animals, can tell… Continue reading

Punished for or by Our Sins?

Franciscan priest Richard Rohr in his provocative book entitled The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope for and Believe says that “humans are punished by their sins more than for their sins.” This astute observation has several important implications. *Tragically, an astonishing number of… Continue reading

Matthew 6:33; Mark 10:28-31 “Dedicated to What and to Whom?”

[The following sermon was preached at the dedication of our older grandson, Grant.] In England and throughout all of Europe the standard line regarding church attendance is this: most people are in church three times during their lives—the day of their baptism (and remember that almost all of Europe practices… Continue reading

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “First, a Word of Grace”

(The following sermon was preached at a Child Dedication service. I have included the pastoral prayer, the communion meditation, and the commission.) Our passage makes clear a fundamental truth about the home and the responsibility of parents regarding the religious training of their children. And that truth, expressed in the… Continue reading

“Without All This Ado”

In Thomas Traherne’s Centuries of Meditations, we find a story about Pyrrhus, King of Epire. This king was considering an invasion of Italy and sent for the counsel of a philosopher named Cineas who was his friend and whose advice he respected. Cineas asked the king why he wanted to… Continue reading

Mechtild of Magdeburg (1210-1280)

We live in a day when people are searching for meaning, belonging, and God. Far too many are finding no consolation or guidance in our mobile, rootless, and shallow culture. When we consider religious affiliation in this country, the largest growing group is not Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, or Pentecostals. And we… Continue reading

I Thessalonians 1:1 10 “Lord Jesus Christ”

In I Thessalonians 1, Paul praises the remarkable and exemplary church in Thessalonica for their “work of faith, labor of love, and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” To those early Christians that phrase “Lord Jesus Christ” had a punch to it–a power and dynamism that is largely… Continue reading

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