Freedoms and the Four “E” Words

Ephesians 6:10-17 (NRSV) Freedoms and the 4 “E” words In many churches there are two flags….an American flag and a Christian flag.  These flags represent two types of freedoms.  The American flag represents the freedom that allows us to go where we want to go, say...

Among the Saints

Ephesians 1:15-23 (NRSV) There’s a great old story about a little boy attending Church with his Grandfather one Sunday morning. The church was a big, beautiful, cathedral like building with lots of stained-glass windows, much like ours. Before the service, the boy’s...

A New Covenant

Jeremiah 31:31-34 (NRSV) You may remember that one of the first sermons I preached after coming to this church included the message that I was not, or at least probably not, a “wild-eyed prophet.” If you want a good example of what a wild-eyed prophet looks like...

Persistence

Luke 18:1-8 (NRSV) “Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.” Did you know that the Bible sometimes makes editorial comments on itself? This parable from Luke is a good example. The story that Jesus told begins with the...

Shadowbound

Psalm 107:1-9 (NRSV) Once upon a time, there was a man who lived in the middle of a desert. Yet, that was not quite true. It would be better to say that he was a prisoner of the desert. You see, somehow and sometime in the past, our friend had acquired the habit of...

My Brother’s Keeper

Genesis 4:1-16 (NRSV) Of all the passages of the Bible I’ve talked about over the years, Cain and Able is one story I haven’t spent a lot of time on. It’s not hard to see why. The story is pretty troubling isn’t it. Able was a shepherd. Cain was a farmer. They went...