Category: Sermon

Unmerited Grace

September 20, 2020 Matthew 20:1-16 I recently received a blast from my past in something new. In the eighties, the movie, The Karate Kid, was released. Starring Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso and William Sabka as Johnny Lawrence, his rival. Johnny appears to have… Continue Reading “Unmerited Grace”

God’s Forgiveness is Priceless

September 13, 2020 Matthew 18:21-35 “Why should I say I am sorry?” According to my mother, this was the response that I gave to her one time when I was younger and had just hit my older brother. I meant to do it because… Continue Reading “God’s Forgiveness is Priceless”

Reconciled in Love

September 6, 2020 Matthew 18:15-20 As we peruse the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament, there are many sections that sound like me may be reading a script from Game of Thrones or a similar story that may come out of the Medieval Era. This… Continue Reading “Reconciled in Love”

Are You Following?

August 30, 2020 Matthew 16:21-28 My first career in management could be very exciting at times as I never knew what I would come into on a daily basis. Was the delivery scattered about on the sales floor? Were there some customer complaints that… Continue Reading “Are You Following?”

Jesus Helps us Find the Way

August 23, 2020 Matthew 16:13-20 How many of you have set out on a journey or destination only to have plans upended and everything not go according to the itinerary that you had compiled? Perhaps the journey you have set out on is a… Continue Reading “Jesus Helps us Find the Way”

In Good Hands

August 9, 2020 Matthew 14:22-33 Who among you has not tried bargaining with God? Or getting God to prove God’s true divinity? My guess is that at one point or another we have all done one or the other. We do not have to… Continue Reading “In Good Hands”

Jesus Feeds

August 2, 2020 Matthew 14:13-21 Once the wheels of the plane hit the runway at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, everything seemed to come at me pretty fast. Thankfully, I was able to get some sleep on the plane and was not feeling… Continue Reading “Jesus Feeds”

A Patience for JEsus

July 26, 2020 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 I know that we have each found our own unique ways to respond to the current pandemic that we find ourselves. Many people have taken up crafts that had long been put outside. Others have been seeking their… Continue Reading “A Patience for JEsus”

Last Stop on the Z Train by Jason Storbakken

This collection began as stories that Storbakken would tell his children while riding on the New York Subway. They are fantastical and some of the stories are true creative genius. Others will also make you go, hmm. I have never been on the New… Continue Reading “Last Stop on the Z Train by Jason Storbakken”

Apeirogon by Colum McCann

A fitting novel, especially in this time of continued struggles between Israel and Palestine and the talk of further annexation by Israel. My trip their earlier this year helped bring the book to life as I could picture many of the places that McCann… Continue Reading “Apeirogon by Colum McCann”