Sermons from 2016

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December 25, 2016 Building Christmas


As we continue with our theme of Building, today, on Christmas day, we consider the topic of Building Christmas. Perhaps Rebuilding Christmas would be a more appropriate title, as Christmas has been remade, rebuilt, and repurposed into something very different from the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem. Christmas, as we often note, […]

December 18, 2016 Building Hope


One of my favorite places to visit is Washington, DC. I must confess, however, that on our first visit I was a rather reluctant traveler. Washington is a city of which I have often complained, in terms of the politics that take place there. My response to the idea of visiting Washington was something along […]

December 4, 2016 Building Hope

Hope. Has there ever been a word filled with so much promise, so much longing, so much, well, hope? As we continue with our theme of Building, this week’s message is Building Hope. Our Scripture text comes from a time when hope was in short supply among God’s people. Centuries had passed and there was […]

November 20, 2016 Building Generosity


In June of 2010 Bill Gates and Warren Buffett inaugurated the Giving Pledge, designed to encourage people of great wealth to either give or pledge the majority of their wealth to charity while alive or at their passing. As of this year, 139 pledges have been added to the list, and the total amount of […]

November 13, 2016 Building Grace


This morning we begin a new series of messages based on the theme of building. Several weeks ago I began to sketch out the themes for our messages in the coming months. Along with the four-week series on Your Life I made a list of the first messages in building. I have taken, for this […]

November 6, 2016 Your Life Is A Gift

This morning we are concluding our series of messages based on the theme Your Life. Our final message is Your Life Is A Gift. Tuesday was All Saints Day, celebrating saints known and unknown. Saints are not just people who are profoundly spiritual or people we think of as more holy or spiritual than others. […]

October 30, 2016 Your Life Has A Future

This morning, we come to the third message in our four-part series titled Your Life. This morning is Your Life Has A Future; next week, for the final message, we will consider Your Life Is A Gift. Imagine for a moment that you live in one of the war-torn countries of the Middle East. Syria, […]

October 23, 2016 Your Life Has A Purpose

How many of you remember your search for a vocation? Some of you are now in the process of deciding what to do with your life, while other of us are further down the road from that experience. I sympathize with young people today, and the much-increased pressure that seems to be on them now […]

October 16, 2016 Your Life Matters

Today we begin a four-week series of messages titled Your Life. This morning’s message is Your Life Matters. The next three weeks are Your Life Has A Purpose, Your Life Has A Future, and Your Life Is A Gift. Finish this sentence for me, if you will – Sticks and stones will break my bones… […]

October 9, 2016 Do Not Worry About Tomorrow

I am grateful to be back this morning, after some time away. I appreciate Jordan and David leading worship last Sunday, and it was a bit adventurous after Jordan being in the hospital most of last Saturday night with Lilly’s injury. So allow me to begin by thanking our church staff, who work so hard […]