Sermons on Faith

Backyard Religion

Text:  Judges 17:1-6              Ephesians 4:11-13 Living in New York for so many years, I had many non-practicing Jewish friends.  What’s a non-practicing Jew?  Well, they were immersed in that unique culture with its food, dances, customs, holidays and Yiddish expressions, but they never prayed and never attended Synagogue.  In the last 20 years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of “non-practicing Christians,” those folks with childhood memories of Christian holidays, and a vague emotional attachment…

The Tragic Faith of Young Goodman Brown

Text:  Philippians 4:4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near. 6 Do not  worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. This Sunday’s sermon is very different.  It’s a retelling of a classic tale by Nathaniel…

Launch Into the Deep

Text:  Luke 5:1-11 …he said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing.  Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”  6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. One of my favorite authors is Dutch Roman Catholic priest, Henri Nouwen.  Dead more than 20 years now, he…

Up to Our Necks

Text:  Exodus 14:8-15 Our text on this Father’s Day Sunday is the well-known story of Moses parting the Red Sea to enable the Israelites to leave Egypt once and for all.  What is fascinating about this story is that as the Israelites become increasingly trapped between the Red Sea and the approaching Egyptian army, they start to long for their time in slavery and cry out to Moses, “It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than…

Soap Operas from Genesis

This Sunday, we will be looking at, without a doubt, the most dysfunctional families in the Bible.  They are so bad that I will occasionally be using big adult words, so that young ears will not understand what we’re talking about.  No matter how bad you think your family is, no matter how many problems you are having with estranged, or just strange, relatives, I promise, you will feel better after hearing these “Soap Operas from Genesis.”  Spoiler alert:  the…