Sermons on John

Adultery and Stoning

Text:  John 8:3-9 Most of us have been reading this story of the woman caught in adultery for decades and think it has little to offer us in the way of new information.  Well, for starters, ask yourself, “How is it possible to catch one person in the act of adultery?”  But the sexism of Bible culture is not our focus here.  Nor is the physical act of stoning.  I’ve had to explain to generations of teenagers that when St.…

Breakfast With Jesus

Sunday            07-05-20                 5th Sunday After Pentecost Text:          John 21:4-17 This weekend we are celebrating the 4th of July.  Because of pandemic restrictions, this year’s celebrations will be more subdued but this holiday will always be associated with Patriotism and with good food, friends, and family.   My family has always had its family reunion on the 4th and during the time we lived in New York, I belonged to a flying club.  So every 4th of July, we would fly…

Why Was Buddha Fat?

Text:  Ecclesiastes 12:1-8              John 10:7-10 This Sunday we will be looking at the subject of desire.  In the creation stories we read that the first sin occurs when Eve sees that the fruit of the tree is good for eating.  It is pleasing to the eye.  It is desirable. So here’s what happens with many of us.  We think to ourselves, “If I want to be   spiritual, I have to avoid sin.  And the best way to do…

Being A Lion in A Den of Daniels

Scripture: 1 John 4:15-19; John 21:20-23 John’s gospel ends with Jesus treating his disciples to an intimate breakfast on the beach.  I can never read this story without thinking of Zihautaneju, a small fishing village on the Pacific coast of Mexico–about 100 miles north of Acapulco. Years ago, a buddy of mine and I spent 3 days there. Each morning about 6 a.m., just  before sunrise, you could hear the fishermen racing towards shore in their open boats after a…

The Anti-Religious God

Sunday            03-22-20                   4th Sunday in Lent Encore Presentation Sermon:  “The Anti-Religious God” Texts:   Isaiah 1:10-18   John 3:1-10 Our theme today is the anti-religious nature of God.  We will be hearing some interesting, funny, and oftentimes profound quotes from notable critics of religion like Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, and Madeline Murray O’Hare.  But these folks are rank amateurs compared to the criticisms that God makes. So the next time someone criticizes the church, we can say honestly, “You’re…