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Waking Up To The Unexpected Hour – A Sermon On Matthew 24:36-44

A few nights ago my wife Cyndy woke me and said, “Mike, turn over. You’re snoring.”  I said, “I am? Really? I didn’t even know I was asleep.”  That’s the thing about sleeping; we don’t know we’ve been asleep until…

The Reign Of Nonviolence – A Christ The King Sermon On Luke 23:33-43

“The people stood by, watching Jesus on the cross.”  The crucifixion in November? What’s that about? Someone even asked me if I was sure I had the correct gospel for today. It is the correct gospel for today and I…

A Vision For The Future – A Sermon On Isaiah 65:17-25

I suspect we’ve all had times in our lives when something happens and we know that that event is asking something of us. We know something needs to be done in response to what has happened. We want to do…

Are You Getting Warmer Or Colder? – An All Saints Sermon On Luke 6:20-31

Blessings and woes. “Blessed are you.” "Woe to you.” What do you make of all that? I think it’s easy to hear the blessings and woes in today’s gospel (Luke 6:20-31) as rewards and punishments or as a categorization of…

A Prayer for the 2022 Mid-Term Elections

Gracious and loving God, you have bound us together in a common life. We commend ourselves, our communities, states, and country to your merciful care, that, being guided by your providence, we may dwell secure in your peace.  Help us,…

What About The Unjust Widow? – A Sermon On Luke 18:1-8

We know today’s gospel (Luke 18:1-8) as the parable of the unjust judge. One implication of that title is that the widow is just. Maybe she is. But I’m not convinced. That makes the story too clean and easy. So…

Living In Exile – A Sermon On Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7

In today’s reading from the Old Testament (Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7) the people of Israel are living in exile. It’s not what they wanted. They didn’t choose to go. They were forcibly sent from Jerusalem to Babylon and their lives will…

Lazarus Is Knocking – A Sermon On Luke 16:19-31

Exclusive communities, membership dues, railroad tracks, border walls, the other side of town; it seems there is always a gate between the rich and the poor. And so it is in today’s gospel (Luke 16:19-31). On one side of the…

Searching For Wholeness And Completeness – A Sermon On Luke 15:1-10

If you were to imagine your life as whole and complete what would that look like and mean for you today? What qualities or characteristics would describe that kind of life? And what keeps that from happening? What is missing…

Hospitality To Strangers – A Sermon On Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 And Luke 14:1, 7-14

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers.” So we’re told in today’s Letter to the Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16. So let me ask you, how’s that working for you these days? What does hospitality mean and look like for you…

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