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The Trinity and us – Sermon from Trinity Sunday 2017


In worship we celebrated the Trinity Sunday – a day where we are invited to contemplate the nature of God: three-in-one and one-in-three. On the one hand I “violated” my promise to not mention big theological terms in my sermons I shared three today: perichoresis, hypostatic union, and filioque. I didn’t define them but used […]

Jesus is the gate – Sermon for May 7, 2017


In worship, our scripture continued the discussion about the founding of the church and how our our practice of worship, fellowship, teaching, and communion helps us share the peace and serenity of Jesus. Today the image from the gospel was not the “standard” – we heard about Jesus as the gate: the one who marks […]

Jesus ransoms us from ourselves – Sermon from Apr. 30, 2017


Today, the journey in Eastertide continues. We had a passage from 1 Peter laid against/near one of the Psalms the Jews read during Passover. Odd to see a solemn, thought provoking song about the coming change in Israel’s past looking at Peter’s commentary about the ransom paid in Jesus’ death. A question we can ask […]

There shall be a day – Sermon from Easter Sunday 2017


Easter Sunday is a fabulous time to share with friends and family. After a long Lenten journey we celebrate the truth and promise offered by God in Jesus that there shall be a day that breaks; a day where we embrace the story and our part in God’s story. We will recognize that we will […]

We are Thomas – Sermon from Apr. 23, 2017


Scripture today points us to God’s plan and God’s interaction with us in that plan. God doesn’t simply act in a vacuum but works humanity into the plan. But it’s not simply a fait accompli but a relationship that allows us to ask for clarification and insights so that we might really understand the complexity […]

Sermon from 2017 Community Good Friday Service – Oakland/Chuckatuck


May God’s grace be with you on Good Friday. It was a special celebration among friends and neighbors at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church along with Oakland Christian United Church of Christ. The readings and music help set the tone for our reflection on the Passion of Jesus. This evening, we explored our discomfort with […]