Sermons from May 2020

Tohu-bohu and the Spirit of God

Text:  Genesis 1:2             Acts 2:1-4 The Bible is the source of our deepest Spiritual insights, but it also faithfully reflects the culture that produced it.  If we read a purported ancient religious text that mentions global warming and Covid-19, we will have reason to  question its authenticity.  Likewise we shouldn’t gasp if we hear the Bible  casually mentioning commonly held Jewish beliefs about the joys of owning slaves, having multiple wives and sex slaves (e.g. Abraham), and wives being…

God’s Finishing School

Text:  Genesis 37-39 This morning we’re looking at Genesis chapter 37-39, a fascinating Bible story that has all the makings of great piece for a gossip magazine:  a dysfunctional family, attempted murder, attempted adultery, unjust incarceration, sibling rivalry, slavery, and much more!  And through it all, God brings ultimate good out of all the good and bad choices that our characters make. Over the years, many people have tole me, “My family put the ‘fun’ back in ‘dysfunctional.’” Join with…

“Turning Lemons Into Lemonade”

Text:  Acts 3:1-19 Anxiety (and other sins) are nothing more than temporary atheism, but how do we overcome our shortcomings?  Do we take a deep breath?  Do we read comforting scriptures?  Do we listen to motivational speakers tell us how great we are?  Yes, you have heard me say this many times, but our thoughts are the key.  Our thoughts produce most of our feelings and actions.  But this is not just another plea for the power of positive thinking.…

“Does A Woman Really Need A Man Like A Fish Needs A Bicycle?”

Our sermon title, “Does A Woman Need A Man Like A Fish Needs A  Bicycle?”  is a stolen quote from Gloria Steinem.  Our text this Sunday concerns a very strong woman named Tabitha who, with God’s help, does quite well without a man.  She organizes an effective ministry with poor widows.  We can learn from her example. Tabitha is the only woman in the Bible to be called a disciple.  Many commentaries assume that she cared for the widows by…

Keep Your Fork

Text:  Romans 8:18-25 The theme of our text is hope, and we sure are experts at that, either having it or losing it.   But our text is about the ultimate hope that underlies all other ones.  Some of you have heard this story, but it bears repeating.  A woman was given a few months to live.  As she sat with her pastor to plan her funeral service, she made an odd demand: “I must be buried with a fork in…