Sermons on Romans

Fatherly Advice from a Shaggy Bark Juniper

Preached FCCW June, 16, 2019 (Father’s Day and Trinity Sunday)

Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 and Romans 5:1-5


Much of the Book of Proverbs is written in the style of fatherly wisdom that is intended to shape the character of children so that they may grow to be in alignment with God’s purpose for their lives. So, you can see why Proverbs can be a treasure trove of material for a Father’s Day sermon.

It may seem strange then, that on this Father’s Day, the passage we read from Proverbs is all about a woman. This is not just any woman, though. Or, even an actual woman. She is a personification of Godly wisdom. Like the way we would use the name “Mother Nature” to describe the natural world. Or, “Lady Luck” to speak about good fortune. The “Wisdom Woman” of Proverbs is described as having been there when God created the universe, and created life. It is a way of saying that Divine Wisdom is in the very DNA of the universe.

Chosen Children

Preached FCCW May20, 2018

Romans 8:22-27

There is a lot to like about the month of May.

The weather usually begins to take a decisive turn to the warmer.

The leaves start popping out on what had been bare tree branches and colorful flowers grace the eye with their beauty.

That is, unless you are prone to allergies.

In that case, May might grace the eyes with itching and watering, instead.

Faith, Reckoned as Righteousness

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 and Romans 4:13-25

Preached FCCW February 25, 2018


In the quiet, rural town of Rutland Massachusetts, on a non-descript road, beside the driveway of an unpretentious home, stands a maple tree. This tree is as commonplace as its surroundings. You would likely drive by it without a second glance, except possibly when it is showing off its Autumn foliage. The one feature that sets it apart is the small post and beam fence which forms a box around its trunk. And the sign that hangs on the fence, that identifies the spot where its roots are sunk as the geographical center of the Commonwealth.  Which has earned it the name of Central Tree among the locals. So, now you know where to go if you want to see for yourself the answer to the question, “Where is the center-point of Massachusetts?”

Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-8  and Matthew 16:13-20

Preached FCCW, August 27, 2017

I don’t know where the expression, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do,” originated; but I’m willing to bet that it didn’t start with the Apostle Paul. After all, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is basically saying that you should conform to your cultural surroundings. That you should blend in; follow the crowd.

How We Ought to Pray

Romans 8:26-39 Preached FCCW, 7-30-2017   In Mark Twain’s book Huckleberry Finn, the main character tells about his first attempts at praying in these words: Miss Watson took me in the closet and prayed. But nothing come of it. She told me to pray every day and whatever I asked for I would get it.  more »

Independence Day: Part 2

Romans 7:15-25a and Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Preached FCCW July 9, 2017


Joni Ericson was only 15 when she was permanently paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident. Joni describes her memory of lying on a hospital gurney, when she noticed that the sheet covering her had slipped to the side. In her modesty, Joni desperately wanted to cover herself. But as much as she wanted to make her arms and hands move, they simply would not respond. Joni knew in her mind exactly what she wanted to do, but her body was totally unresponsive. Thankfully, most of us will never know what it is to be imprisoned inside a body that will not respond to the commands of your mind.

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 »

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 »

What to Do About You


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Romans 10:8b-13