Laugh, and Love, and Lift

Philippians 2:1-8 (CEB) There was a minister I knew of out in Illinois, when I was serving my first church in Geneseo. I didn’t know him personally. We never met. But I knew of him because of something he did that got me and most of my friends in ministry talking. One...

Stand Up and Walk

Luke 5:17-26 (CEB) If we’re going to understand Jesus, we have to get to know him as a healer. The gospels are filled with stories of his healing words and touch. If we were to remove all the stories of healing from the gospels, there wouldn’t be a whole lot left. I...

Time of Greeting

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! —Psalm 95:6 (NRSV) Dear Friends, After my announcement yesterday about our “Time of Greeting” during Sunday worship, I’ve had several conversations about how and when this practice began....

Life Together

Acts 2:41-47 (NRSV) Let me begin with a story… After many years of labor, an inventor discovered the art of making fire. He took his tools to the snow clad northern regions and initiated a tribe he found there into the art and advantages of making fire. The people...

A Labor of Love

Matthew 11:25-30 (NRSV) I want to begin this morning with what I’m sure some of you will think is a pretty strange question for a sermon. Were you ever a fan of The Simpsons on TV? For those who may not remember, The Simpsons is a half hour cartoon situation comedy...