Job 16:1-17 “The Role of Doubt in the Life of Faith”

The famous preacher Harry Emerson Fosdick told of the time a young man came into his office and announced with satisfaction, “I don’t believe in God.” Fosdick without batting an eye replied, “Tell me what kind of God you don’t believe in. Maybe I don’t believe in that kind of… Continue reading

John 1:1-5; Matthew 13:52 “A True Conservative”

(13 minutes) My ethics professor was Henlee Barnette. Barnette was from North Carolina and never abandoned his blue collar background nestled in the textile industry of the South. He was a wily, crusty old man who could argue circles around not only his students but fellow ethicists. He intimidated his… Continue reading

The Power of Imagination

There is much talk about the need for a revival in the church today. The only revival I believe worth pursuing is one which is willing to be embraced by the divine imagination of a new creation. We need the alternatives Jesus offered just as much as those early disciples did. We need not remain paralyzed and stunted by our stymied hopes and defeatist expectations. Continue reading

Ephesians 4:25-5:2 “The Christian Twist”

In Edinburgh, Scotland in the home of the Protestant leader John Knox, is a display of religious memorabilia. Among the items are tokens in the form of coins given to members of the church after they had been examined by the Elders to determine if they were pure enough to… Continue reading

Revelation 3:20 “Dining With Jesus”

(The following sermon was preached on World Communion Sunday many years ago. For the blog I had to update the statistics regarding L’Arche. Jean Vanier is now ninety years old and still lives within the L’Arche community he founded fifty-five years ago.) One of the greatest saints living today is… Continue reading

Resurrection and Near Death Experiences

When I was a pastor I was often asked what I thought about “near-death experiences” (NDEs). We have all heard of these, and some of you may have even had such an experience. The media has certainly capitalized on this phenomenon, and many trees have been sacrificed to print books… Continue reading

Romans 4:16-25 “Hope Has Two Sisters”

There can be little doubt that we live in an age of fear, despair, and cynicism. Beneath the bravado of the “Make America Great” movement led by an unscrupulous demagogue, the convenient denial of the suffering and evil in much of the world, and the fleeting happiness of contemporary Epicureans… Continue reading

I Corinthians 15:20-28 “An Easter That Makes a Difference”

I have a terrible confession to make. Ever since I started in the ministry, I have found Easter Sunday to be the most difficult time to deliver a sermon.  The main reason is this: I am convinced that Easter can truly happen only to those who have first gone through… Continue reading

John 21:1-18 “When All Else is Prologue”

The great 20th century theologian Paul Tillich once said that in its infancy, Christianity had only one real rival, and that was the spirit of stoicism. There were many other competing religions, but only one real rival—a rival and threat that has stayed with the church for two thousand years…. Continue reading