Sermons To Go (Page 3)

Independence Day, Part 1: Emancipation

Romans 6:12-23 Preached FCCW, July 2, 2017   Precisely 241 years ago today, on the second of July 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence which brazenly announced that, there comes a time in the course of human events for the necessity of dissolving old associations in order to enter into more »

Unchosen People

Text: Genesis 21:8-21 Preached FCCW, June 25, 2017       When I was a kid, my favorite thing to spend my allowance on was comic books. An entire drawer of my bedroom bureau served as storage space for my library of Marvel and DC superhero comics. Among them were a few prized issues that more »

Road Trip

Matthew 9:35 – 10:8 Preached FCCW, June 18, 2017   Author Orson Scott Card once said, “Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” That might explain why metaphors turn up as often as they do in the Bible. After all, the Bible’s purpose is to communicate the biggest, most more »

It’s Not a Party Without the Wine

Acts 2:1-21

Preached FCCW, June 4, 2017


I have a friend whom I love dearly, despite the fact that she can be kind of a wine snob.

To be fair, that opinion has almost nothing to do with any actual snobbery on her part and everything to do with my own sense of inadequacy when it comes to my lack of sophistication around wine.

She uses words like fruity, oaky, or robust to describe the nuances of what her taste buds are experiencing as she sips a Merlot or a Cabernet.

Meanwhile, the response of my palate is limited to a simple “like/don’t like” reaction.

Commencement Speech

Acts 1:1-11

Preached FCCW on May 28, 2017


The season of High School and College graduations has begun, with the usual pomp and circumstance of caps, gowns, diplomas – and of course, commencement speeches.

From Will Ferrell to the Dalai Lama, Bernie Sanders to Mike Pence, and Oprah Winfrey to Mark Zuckerberg, a smorgasbord of celebrity-status Commencement speakers will be served up on campuses across the nation.

Touchy Feely

John 20:19-31 Preached FCCW, 4/23/2017   The Sunday after Easter is sometimes referred to as Holy Humor Sunday. The reason for that is, on Good Friday, when Jesus died, the Devil thought he had won. But on Easter Sunday, God played the biggest joke ever by raising Jesus from the dead. So, the Holy Humor more »

Thirst Quencher

Text John 4:5-42 Preached FCCW 3-19-2017 The anthem that the choir just sang is based on this morning’s gospel story, which tells of Jesus’ encounter with a woman at a well in Samaria, where Jesus offers her “living water.” “Living Water” sounds like it could be the brand name for any of the varieties of more »

Nick at Night

John 3:1-17 Preached FCCW 3/12/2017 The story of Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus is comical. Really, it is! In fact, I liken it to one of the all-time classic comedy routines: Abbott and Costello’s, “Who’s on First?” You know – that skit that revolves around a confused conversation about the starting lineup for a baseball team more »

The Symmetry of Grace

Romans 5:12-19, Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 Preached FCCW                3-5-2017 Tucked away in a small mountain village in Mexico, off a dusty road flanked by pig farms, lived a young boy by the name of Edgar Hernandez. That’s the name his mother and father gave him when he was born. More recently, he was given another name by more »

In a New Light

Matthew 17:1-9 Preached FCCW 2/26/2017 Growing up in the Sixties we didn’t have 60” Ultra HD wall mounted TVs. The most exciting objects I had hanging on the walls of my room were Black Light posters. Which, I have to admit, weren’t really all that exciting. At least, not in the light of day. But more »