Sermons on Luke

Star Child

Preached FCCW             December 23, 2018    Advent 4C

Luke 1:39-56

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Like many of you, lately I have been spending more time in shopping malls than I typically do other times of the year. Since everybody else seems to have been doing the same thing, I have also been spending more time waiting in check-out lines. I’m not complaining though, because it turns out to have been time well spent. It has in fact, made me pause and pay attention to some current events I might otherwise have missed.

Thanks to all the tabloids and entertainment magazines that line the shelves at every cashier’s counter, and all the extra time available for me to read them while waiting in long lines, I can say with confidence that I am now up to date on all the latest celebrities and otherwise important people who are expecting babies. Practically every magazine cover I saw featured expectant A-List mothers, from Amy Schumer to Meghan Markle.

The Other (Not Quite As) Immaculate Conception

Preached FCCW. December 9, 2018

Luke 1:68-79

 

Improbable pregnancies are a recurring theme in the Bible. None more so than the one we celebrate every 25th of December. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was found to be with child even though she was a virgin. What has come to be known as “The Immaculate Conception.”

While the Immaculate Conception is the one and only perfect 10 on the scale of miraculous births, highly unlikely pregnancies can be found scattered throughout the pages of Scripture. This field of runners-ups to Mary’s story share a few common denominators. Beginning with the fact that those women were all barren; which as the label implies, means that they were about as fertile as the Sinai desert.

Signs

Preached FCCW, December 2, 2018 (Advent 1C)

Luke 21:25-36

 

Jesus once told a parable about signs.

He said. “Look at a fig tree. As soon as it sprouts leaves you know it is a sign that a change of seasons is just around the corner.”

With the season of Advent, comes the many signs that Christmas is coming soon. There are signs in homes and public places, in the form of Christmas trees and bright lights. Even Black Friday doorbusters and Cyber Monday sales are signs of the season in their own way.

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays
Luke 2:1-7 Preached FCCW, December 24, 2017

We come to the last in this Advent sermon series on Finding Sacred Truths in Secular Christmas Songs.
In case you didn’t recognize that tune, it’s “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays.”
Those words capture one of the enduring charms of Christmas time; that sense that there really is “no place like home for the holidays” which compels us, no matter how far away we’ve roamed, to return to our roots to celebrate the season, and to experience that sense of belonging that we all yearn for.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

Luke 1:5-7 and Mark 1:1-8

Preached FCCW, December 3, 2017

Friday morning, while posting the daily UCC Devotional to the Church Facebook page, a post in my news feed from the Westminster Police Department caught my eye.

It wasn’t the usual warning about telephone scammers, an Amber Alert or even a traffic advisory.

This post announced that Santa Claus is coming to town.

That’s right! He’s coming here to Westminster!

The announcement listed the times and places where he would be, and detailed instructions to follow if you wanted to meet the jolly old elf in person.

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.

Can’t Get Here From There

Luke 16:19-31 Preached FCCW, September 25, 2016 Some types of jokes never go out of style. “Pearly-Gate” jokes are a good example. You know, those jokes that begin with someone who has died being confronted by St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, where there is always some sort of test that the person must pass more »

Bad Apple/Good Example

Luke 16:1-13 Preached FCCW, September 18, 2016   Never underestimate the power of an emoticon. Those little yellow happy or sad faces that you can add to your emails and texts, can make all the difference in whether or not someone correctly understands what it is you are trying to say. Since most face to more »