Sermon, Sept. 9, 2018 “Noah—not a children’s story!”  Genesis 6 vs.16-22; and 9 vs. 8-17

I have said many times that our scripture reading this morning contains some of the darkest imagery of the whole Bible.  In the story only a few will be saved from the doom that is about to descend on the world.  Can you imagine what would happen today during our instant news cycles if word […]

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Sermon, September 2nd, 2018   “Being rich toward God”   Luke 12 vs. 13-34

I have been surprised lately to come across more and more references in my reading and in the stories I hear of people feeling anxious, very anxious.  This is true even of primary school children, teenagers, young adults and mature adults.  There is something about life in our essentially privileged part of the world, where […]

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Sermon, August 19th, 2018    “For it is in giving that we receive”—Francis of Assisi     Matthew 6 vs. 19-34

As I read the Scripture earlier in the week, I noticed that every paragraph is succinct and sounds as if Jesus is hammering home the point:   “Do not store up treasures on earth”; “if your eye is healthy your whole body will be full of light”; “no one can serve two masters”; “Do not worry…is […]

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Sermon, August 12th, 2018   “Once barren emptiness…now abundant harvest”       Ruth 4 vs. 1-22  

We come to the end of our “romance novel” in our summer with Ruth and Boaz consummating their relationship and a little bundle of joy named Obed being the result.  What joy it is too as it has preserved Naomi’s land and future, brought Ruth fully into the family of her much-loved Hebrew mother-in-law, and […]

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Sermon, August 5th, 2018 “” Ruth 3 vs. 1-18

So, is this just the story of erotic love between an older man and a younger woman?  We do not know the full answer to that question. Yet however the language of the text was to mean then and to be understood today, I for one find it quite wonderful that there are parts of […]

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Sermon, July 22nd, 2018 “House of Bread” Ruth 1 vs. 1-22

If you ever wanted to find a good opening line for a story then you should look no further than in the first few words of the book of Ruth: “In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land…”.  Things, such as famine, always suggested to the Hebrew people that […]

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