Sermons from March 2019

Sermons from March 2019

The Parable of the Dishonored Father

Preached FCCW, March 31, 2019 Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32   Some of the religious folks began to take notice that many people who were coming to hear Jesus teach were not like the audiences other rabbis attracted. And not in a good way. They said, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them!” So, Jesus told them this parable… In other words, this was how Jesus responded to their criticism about the company he kept and what it said about his…

Pinky Swear

Preached FCCW, March 17, 2019 Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18 Hooking little fingers together in a “pinky swear” is one of the ways we learn while growing up, the importance of respecting a solemn promise. A pinky swear seems like all fun and games…until you know what it stands for; which is that the consequence of breaking the agreement is to lose your pinky finger! Then, suddenly it all sounds pretty barbaric. But, still not as barbaric as the way Abram sealed…

Bodily Temptations

Preached FCCW, March 10, 2019 Lent 1C Luke 4:1-13 It’s not what it sounds like. The sermon title I mean. Whether this comes as a relief or a letdown, you’re not about to hear a racy message about temptations of the flesh. The Apostle Paul often referred to the Church as the Body of Christ. It’s the temptations that we face as part of that Body – as a community of believers – that we’ll be looking at this morning.

Every Day an Ash Wednesday

Preached FCCW, March 6, 2019, Ash Wednesday 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 and Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 The church calendar is filled with holy seasons, like Advent, Epiphany, and lent; and holy days like Christmas, Easter, Pentecost – and the one we are here to observe tonight, Ash Wednesday. Often, there are certain visible and tangible practices associated with these special times. Like being anointed with ashes on Ash Wednesday.


Preached FCCW March 3. 2019 Transfiguration Sunday 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 and Luke 9:28-43a The quote for meditation on the cover of your bulletin comes from a prominent leader in the early days of the Christian Church, named Irenaeus. It begins with these words, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.” But, what does it mean to be fully alive? For some it might involve some kind of thrill-seeking adventure. Maybe bungee jumping, climbing Mt. Everest, or booking…