God Was in This Place

Second Kings 5:1-17 (CEB) This story of the healing of Naaman is another one of my Old Testament favorites. It takes place in the latter part of the ninth century B.C. Ancient Syria, which was then called Aram, had recently won a military victory over Israel, with...

Let’s Go Fishing

Luke 5:1-11 (NRSV) The Gospel of Luke is different in many ways from the other Gospels, and one of the differences is that he writes very little about the first year of Jesus’ ministry.  That first year of his ministry was spent getting as many people as possible to...

The Hindsight of God

Exodus 33:12-23 (CEB) You know, the Bible is full of some really fascinating stories. This one, about Moses, is one of my favorites. We are most familiar with Moses of course because he led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. They gained their freedom, crossed the...

The Words of the Law

Nehemiah 7:73b-8: 10 (NRSV) In the year 587, before the common era, Judah, the southern kingdom of the nation of Israel, was laid to waste by King Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian army. The capital city of Jerusalem was utterly destroyed and a large portion of the...

Baptism and the Holy Spirit

Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 and Acts 8:14-17 A Sermon by Barbara Papagian Today is the first Sunday after Epiphany, the day of Jesus’ Baptism. I am picturing all the people gathered at the river, listening to John the Baptist, thinking that they might be listening to the...

The Light and the Darkness

John 1:1-18 (NRSV) Can you remember the first time you became aware of being afraid of the dark? It’s always a little dangerous for a preacher to ask a question like that. I run the risk of sending you off into long forgotten memories of childhood, and never getting...