Sermons from September 2020

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…

National Day of Prayer and Repentance Service

This Saturday, September 26th, Northminster Presbyerian Church will participate in a National Day of Prayer and Repentance.  The organizers of the event have said that this day is: an appointed time, and a specific day set apart for one purpose – the return to God by coming before His presence in humility, in sincerity in prayer, and repentance. Most of us would agree that our country and our world have never been more divided and in need of healing.  We…

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.…

Enjoy God’s Creation

Text:  Matthew 11:18-19 Nehemiah 8:9-10 9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom…

Epiphany in Falfurias, Texas

Text:  Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast.  10 “For we are God’s workmanship,” that is we are the good works of God.  Then Paul concludes, “created in Christ Jesus to do good works.” Christians who focus exclusively on salvation by grace see feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and visiting those…