Sermons from June 2020

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…

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…

The Trinity: Our Security and Our Song

Sunday            06-07-20                    Trinity Sunday Text:  Revelation 4:1-8  OK, confession is good for the soul.  I confess that I have always struggled with abstract language.  In seminary, while many of my fellow students raved about their theology courses, I was signing up for every Hebrew and Greek course that was offered.  The biblical languages were so tangible while theology seemed, well, fuzzy. In church history classes, I marveled that the church fathers spent centuries arguing about the precise nature of…