Category: Sermons


Bigger Than You Think

February 5, 2018
This sermon was delivered at Peace Lutheran ELCA in Port Byron, Illinois on February 4, 2018. The scriptures for this sermon are Mark 1:26-39 and Isaiah 40:21-31. Today’s gospel reading is a strange little episode… or maybe even a set of episodes. It’s transition after transition after transition. Not long ago, John the Baptist was arrested, and Jesus began […]
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Wild, Dangerous, and Full of Grace

December 18, 2017
This sermon was delivered at First Congregational United Church of Christ in DeWitt, Iowa, on December 10, 2017. The scriptures for this sermon are Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8. A couple of days after Thanksgiving, some friends of mine had a dinner party. They invited some people over, there was soup and sandwiches and drinks and […]
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The Present of the Church

October 16, 2017
This sermon was delivered at Church of Peace, United Church of Christ, in Rock Island, Illinois, on October 15, 2017. The scripture for this sermon is Mark 3:19b-31. Last summer, I went to the United Church of Christ’s General Synod. This is the big meeting we have every two years where delegates from all over […]
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The Cost of Grace

September 18, 2017
This sermon was delivered at Metropolitan Community Church of the Quad Cities in Davenport, Iowa, on September 17, 2017. The scriptures for this sermon are Genesis 50:15-21 and Matthew 18:21-35. A little over a month ago, in Charlottesville, Virginia, a young man named James Alex Fields Jr drove a Dodge Challenger into a crowd of people, hitting […]
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Dragged into the Sunlight

June 26, 2017
This sermon was delivered at Peace Lutheran ELCA in Port Byron, Illinois on June 25, 2017. The scriptures for this sermon are Matthew 10:24-39 and Romans 6:1-11. When I was little, thirty years ago or so, my family used to go to a restaurant called the Golden Gate. It was a diner kind of place, and I […]
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Without Permission

June 5, 2017
This sermon was delivered at Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Moline, Illinois on June 4, 2017. The scripture for this sermon are Numbers 11:24-30 and Acts 2:1-21. Some of you may know that I work for a mid-size nonprofit in Mississippi. And some of you may know that we work on a bunch of issues […]
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Great Big World

May 29, 2017
This sermon was delivered at Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Moline, Illinois on May 28, 2017. The scripture for this sermon is Acts 1:6-14. The disciples keep losing Jesus. A little over six weeks ago, Christians around the world told a story. A passover supper. A betrayal for thirty pieces of silver. A prayer […]
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Many Beliefs, One Spirit

February 27, 2017
This sermon was delivered at Church of Peace, United Church of Christ in Rock Island, Illinois on February 26, 2017. The scripture for this sermon is Luke 12:42-53. “Keep your lamps,” says the old gospel song, “trimmed and burning.” Jesus has just finished a parable. “Be like slaves waiting for their master to come home from a […]
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Jesus the Refugee

January 2, 2017
This sermon was delivered at Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Moline, Illinois on January 1, 2017. The scriptures for this sermon are Matthew 2:13-23 and Hebrews 2:10-18. I’m a geek. I’m enough of a geek that, when I was traveling for work a couple of weeks ago and that latest Star Wars movie came out, […]
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He Will Be Our Brother

September 26, 2016
This sermon was delivered at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Moline, Illinois on September 25, 2016. The scriptures for this sermon are Luke 16:19-31 and 1 Timothy 6:6-19. There’s a word in Albanian: Besa. It means something like ‘faithfulness’ or ‘honor’ or ‘keeping a promise’. But for centuries, it’s been lived our through hospitality. […]
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