Sermon Archives

June 16, 2013

Extravagant Love, Extravagant Mercy

There are some stories we know and there are some stories we do not know. Last fall, I noticed on one of my early morning walks in the neighbourhood, that a particular house had about 6 of those very large garbage cans at the street on garbage day. I was horrified that 1 household would […]

June 9, 2013

Salvation: Therapy, Cure, and Health

What do you do when you come to the end of the rope? Where do you go when the lifeline is failing? Where do you go when you are ill and the doctors have tried everything and nothing seems to work? Where do you go when the medical folks say you are dying? Where do […]

June 2, 2013

Fools in Love

I believe that one of the great purposes of the Church is to receive encouragement from one another and to learn from each other’s experiences. There are two life lessons I would like to share with you today that I have learned through my experiences. These lessons are quite precious to me. The first is […]

May 26, 2013

Partner and Lord

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that […]

May 19, 2013

A Look Ahead

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. […]

May 5, 2013

Worship as Spiritual Formation

Worship as Spiritual Formation

When our children were little, my work as a chaplain did not involve Sunday morning responsibilities, so I was able to attend worship in the congregations where Allan was pastor. During those years, there were many times when I wondered why I bothered coming to church, as I spent the majority of the morning in […]

April 28, 2013

Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise

I was talking a while back with my friend Paul. He told me one morning at dawn he was driving into Goshen for a meeting. Just outside of Goshen the sun started to rise over the horizon, radiating pinks, yellows, and oranges across the landscape. “It was so stunning I had to pull my van […]

April 14, 2013

To Focus on God

Every week, Christians gather to worship God. At first glance, these worship services look very different. We might meet in tiny rooms that only hold a handful of people, or in giant church campuses sprawled out over 50‐60 acres. We worship in prison chapels, hospital chapels, and nursing home chapels. Our style of worship might […]

March 31, 2013

Who are These

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark…” The Easter account begins in the darkness. The pain and grief of Good Friday linger still as Mary Magdalene approaches the tomb of Jesus. Most of us prefer the joy of Easter to the grief of Good Friday. We prefer the grief […]

March 24, 2013

With Christ in our Eyes

One day many years ago in Columbus, Ohio, I was down on my hands and knees in the entryway of our church building, installing ceramic tiles. I was dressed in old, tattered clothes. My hands and blue jeans were smeared with grey mortar. Around mid‐morning, Moises walked into the building. Moises was a Colombian man […]

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