Sermons from July 2012

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Spiritual Gifts: The Three R’s – Leadership

  Setting aside the politics of the healthcare ruling – if that is possible – think for a moment about the gravity of making such a decision.  We can say a lot of things about the Supreme Court’s decision, but being one of the individuals responsible for that decision is a position of incredible pressure. […]

Spiritual Gifts: The Three R’s – Pastoring


In seminary some years ago one of my professors offered a piece of reality when he told us – 5% of your congregation will think you can walk on water.  Another 5% of your congregation will think you don’t have enough sense to come in out of the rain.  The other 90% just want to […]

Spiritual Gifts: The Three R’s – Encouragement


   I was sitting at an intersection the other day when another vehicle pulled up beside me.  It was one of those intersections where the light takes a long time to change.  I noticed a couple about my age occupied the other vehicle.   He was sitting in the passenger seat, so I had a good […]

Spiritual Gifts – The Three R’s


   There are some people who possess extraordinary abilities.  A classmate of mine in college is a concert-level pianist.  I would marvel at his ability, and though I haven’t heard him play in years, I imagine he has increased in his ability.  He is the kind of person we describe as possessing a real gift. […]

A Well-Ordered Life


One of the things you face when writing sermons is the question of how personal one should be when using illustrations.  By nature, I am not the kind of person who likes to speak about very personal matters, but I want to tell you about a moment that was important to me.  I won’t go […]

Spiritual Gifts: The Building Blocks of Unity


This is graduation time of year, which means a lot of soul-searching about what to do with one’s life.  What a huge question to consider!  Can you remember wondering what to do with your life?  Some of you are asking that question right now (and some of you who graduated years back may be still […]