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May 1: Jesus is the Center

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Corinthians 15:3-23 Our sermon series for the next few weeks is called "Confirmation for Everyone." Confirmation is...

April 17: Easter Sunday

Luke 24:1-12 "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here. He is risen!" That's what these mysterious men, these...

April 15: Good Friday

John 18:33-38 [This sermon was preached as part of a Good Friday Tenebrae worship service. This sermon was preached at the start of...

April 14: Maundy Thursday

Luke 22:39-53 [This sermon was preached as part of a service that contained 3 reflections - one on the footwashing, one on the Last...

April 10: Palm/Passion Sunday

Luke 19:28-40; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 23:1-49 Each year, on this day, the Sunday before Easter, I spend most of my time talking about...

March 20: Proclaiming the Kingdom

Matthew 5:1-2a Matthew 7:21-29 When I was a student at Duke Divinity School, studying to be a pastor, I was required to take a course on...

March 13: The Healing Ministry

Luke 4:16-19 Matthew 4:12-13 Mark 1:21-34 Jesus really bursts onto the scene with some intensity, doesn't he? Last week, we talked about...

March 6: Baptism and Temptation

Mark 1:9-13 Matthew 4:1-11 The river and the wilderness are holy places in the Bible. At the Jordan river, where we meet Jesus today, as...

February 6: Wrestling with God

Genesis 32:22-31 Luke 5:1-11 Jacob – the guy who we met in our first reading this morning as he wrestles with a stranger during the night...

January 30: Letting God Hold Us

Isaiah 49:14-16 Matthew 18:1-5 There's this thing that happened pretty frequently when our kids were younger. We'd be on the road late,...

January 23: Jesus Naps in Boats

Psalm 103:15-19 Mark 4:35-41 My wife, Kim, is bad at resting. Before we go any further, let me be clear, I ran this sermon open by her,...

January 9: Our Submersible Savior

Genesis 6:9-22; 7:24; 8:14-19 1 Peter 3:18-22 Luke 3: 21-22 Flood stories are pretty common in the ancient world – in fact, you might...

December 24: The Power of With Us

Luke 2:1-20 We know the power of the words “with us.” The last two years – and especially in 2020 – we learned the power of "with us" by...

December 19: Light in the Darkness

Zepheniah 3:14-20 Isaiah 12:2-6 Matthew 1:18-25 It was April 6, 2015 – a Monday. It was the week after Easter, and I had rented a house...

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