Sermons

Miriam Sang

August 10, 2020
When Miriam sang on the “other side” of the Red Sea, she was leading the nation in an expression of joy and gratitude for God’s faithfulness.
When Sarah laughed at God’s announcement that she would have a child, she was expressing skepticism that God could do what God promised to do. Turns out God could.
The Word of God is present everywhere in the world; it has been “sown” like seed. The Word of God always finds a way to grow, in spite of any…
The parable of “The Good Shepherd” is about knowing God, and being known by God. There is a deep, authentic relationship.
The wage each worker was paid in the parable of the vineyard was “good” because it recognized the value of each person’s work, no matter how long each had worked.
The Samaritan was called “good” because he showed mercy to the one who was injured; his acts of compassion made him a neighbor even though his ethnicity made him a…
Our forgiveness makes a difference in the present; it is not only a ticket into a post-mortem life everlasting.
Being forgiven empowers us to die to our old selves, become alive to God, and live as our new, true, Christlike selves, which means we in turn forgive others.
The love of God is proven by the fact that Christ “died for us while we were still sinners,” meaning that we do not earn God’s forgiveness, but rather that…
Imagine the chaos & angst of God in creating a creature who can think, do, and say "no" to God. Then, in Matthew we perhaps find a new creation story…

What Does This Mean?

June 2, 2020
The way the Holy Spirit moves among us can be perplexing and sometimes elicits skepticism; it is hard for us to believe that God is so generous with God’s Spirit.
John Wesley went to a Moravian group meeting “reluctantly,” feeling like he had failed - and the Spirit warmed his heart and empowered him to launch the Methodist movement.
Methodism is both intellectual and emotional, a balance of head and heart. A rigorous exchange of opinions is good, as long as we manage to do so with grace and…
Methodism is a balance of personal holiness and social holiness, not either/or, but both/and.
The grace of God - preventing, justifying, sanctifying, and perfecting - is the source of our salvation, all along the way.

Emmaus Days

April 27, 2020
During  “Emmaus Days” all of us can get a glimpse of who Jesus really is. The slower pace of life can increase our awareness of God.

Easter Evening

April 20, 2020
Doubt is not the opposite of faith; the opposite of faith is certainty. Having and expressing doubt is a healthy way to deepen one’s faith.

Fear and Great Joy

April 13, 2020
Easter is scary, and joyous at the same time; resurrection is more than a feel-good metaphorical concept – it changes us.
When Jesus enters Jerusalem one final time, it is in “triumph,” but not as the crowds perceive it. How does Jesus re-create the human concept of victory.
The UMC is experiencing a shift, and in many ways is serving as a case study for how NOT to negotiate it. We can do better - we can live…
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