Sermons To Go (Page 3)

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 »

A Matter of the Heart

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Matthew 5:21-37

Preached FCCW, 2/12/2017

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that some people really get into, while others are not such big fans.  They may go through the motions to make someone else happy, but their hearts just aren’t in it.

The Sermon of Alternate Facts

Matthew 5:1-12, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Preached FCCW 1/29/2017

It feels like every year now, the Oxford English Dictionary — which bills itself as “the definitive record of the English language”– is adding new words and phrases.

Summoned

Text Matthew 4:12-23

Preached FCCW 1-22-2017

In two weeks, Super Bowl 51 will be played in Houston, showcasing once again, two of the elite teams of the National Football League. (Hopefully, one of them will be the Patriots.)

Pluto’s Demise and Other Discoveries We Never Saw Coming

John 1:29-42 Preached FCCW, January 15, 2017 For all of us who were born in the 20th or 21st centuries, the one constant in life has been impermanence. The last hundred years or so have witnessed an acceleration of scientific exploration and technological progress unprecedented in the history of human civilization. We’ve gone from Kitty Hawk to more »

What a Star Can’t Tell You

Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12 Preached FCCW 1-8-2017 The two details most people remember about the story of the Magi’s journey to find Jesus are first, what they bring: gold, frankincense and myrrh; and second, how they find him: by following a star that had suddenly appeared. New stars don’t appear out of nowhere every day. more »

Giving Thanks for What We Don’t See

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John 6:25-35

Preached at the Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve Service, St. Edward’s Church, 11/23/2016

I can’t say for sure, but I’d be willing to bet that on Thanksgiving there are more households in America where a prayer will be offered over a meal, than on any other day of the year.

Next-Year-Country

Isaiah 65:17-25 & Luke 21:5-19 Preached FCCW, November 13, 2016 There’s a place you’ve never heard of called “Next-Year-Country” It isn’t a place that has a zip code. There isn’t a GPS device on the planet that can get you there. That’s because, “Next-Year-Country” is not so much a place as it is a state more »

Note to Self

512px-postit_largeLuke 12:13-21
Preached FCCW, November 6, 2016

One day, a scientist working in a 3M laboratory stumbled across an adhesive
that permitted paper to be stuck, removed and re-stuck to surfaces without doing any damage.