Can I Get a Witness?!

Second Peter 1:16-21 (NRSV) I’d like to tell you a story this morning; a personal story. When I was in the ninth grade, I attended a Methodist youth camp that ended up being my first direct experience with evangelism. I was at a point in my life where things weren’t...

Glass Houses

Matthew 5:13-16 (NRSV) A few years ago, I was driving through Fairfield, Connecticut with my daughter Corinne in the car. We passed by a big, new building, the entire front of which was made of glass. I turned to Corinne and said, “You know what they say about people...

Groundhog Day, Again

Matthew 16:24-27 (NRSV) Four years ago, when I was still getting my feet on the ground as your new pastor, I preached a sermon on Groundhog Day. Last week, as I was looking ahead at my preaching schedule, I happened to notice that this year Groundhog Day falls on a...

The Wedding in Cana

John 2:1-11 (NRSV) The Wedding in Cana is one of the more familiar stories in the Bible, partly because it is the source of the “water into wine” miracle that most everyone knows about, and partly because somewhere along the line, the church decided that all weddings...

Paying Homage

Matthew 2:1-12 (NRSV) The story is told of Magi who came from the east looking for a child born King of the Jews. They claimed to have seen a star at its rising and had come to the conclusion it portended a momentous birth; a birth that warranted a long journey, a...