April 24, 2014

Himself

Albert Benjamin Simpson (1843-1919) the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance was a leader of the church during the early days of the Pentecostal movement. As a result many of the big debates in the church were around the topics of holiness, sanctification, and the charismatic gifts of the Spirit like speaking in tongues […]

Homily for Second Sunday after Epiphany

John Testifies to Jesus A sermon for the second Sunday after Epiphany, 2014 The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me […]

Homily for Baptism of Our Lord

In fact, I think we would benefit tremendously from having our identity established in God’s good and gracious acceptance and affirmation of us that comes from Baptism. Sometimes I wonder if amid all of our customary focus on baptism as washing away sin, we have missed the profound words of empowering grace that are spoken […]

Homily for Christmas I: “Banish all thoughts of peaceful Christmas scenes”

“Banish all thoughts of peaceful Christmas scenes” A sermon for first Sunday in Christmas 2013 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is […]

Homily for Advent IV: How Silently, How Silently

How Silently, How Silently A sermon for the fourth Sunday in Advent, 2013 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a […]

Homily for Advent III: In a Prison Cell of Doubt

In a Prison Cell of Doubt A sermon for the third Sunday in Advent, 2013 When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Go and […]

Homily for Advent II: Four Metaphors for Advent

Four Metaphors for Advent A sermon for the second Sunday in Advent, 2013 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, ‘The voice of one crying out in […]

Homily for Advent I: The Day Before

The Day Before A sermon for the first Sunday in Advent, 2013 ‘But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood […]

Good News for Women — and Men and All Disciples

The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things. One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part. It won’t be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:41-42 CEB This Gospel story provides a brief glimpse into a household setting that must have been common as Jesus traveled around Palestine during […]

A “Good” Samaritan?

What if I were to stand here this morning, after reading what may be Jesus’ most well known parable, and say, “Jesus does not really want us to be ‘good Samaritans’?” What if I were to tell you that is not exactly the point of his famous story? What if I were to say that […]