November 19, 2018

A Transfiguration Thought Experiment

This morning the pastor asked us to do a “thought experiment” with regard to the story of the Transfiguration. I thought I’d include you and give you a chance to discuss it. The text from Luke reads: “While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered […]

What Did the Transfiguration Mean to Jesus?

“And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.” – Luke 9:29, NRSV What did the Transfiguration mean to Jesus? Often, when we approach Bible stories like this we ask what the event being portrayed means to us, and for us. We would do well to remember […]

Love Passes By the “Righteous”

You see, it really is all Jesus’ fault – he goes and does the one thing you’re never supposed to do, even to strangers, let alone to friends and neighbors: He tells them the truth, the truth about their pettiness and prejudice, their fear and shame, their willingness, even eagerness, to get ahead at any […]

We Are Far Too Easily Pleased

Second Sunday after Epiphany John 2:1-11 I used to not like weddings very much. They seemed like a lot of trouble, and people tended to overdo them. When we had children at home and lots of things on our plate, it seems that weddings always interrupted other plans and caused upheaval in our routine. Plus, […]

Sermon: Three Unwise Kings

NOTE: Sometimes during and after preaching a sermon, even when it has been written out beforehand, you realize connections and nuances you had not noticed when writing it. That happened this morning as I preached this message. So I have done a bit of editing to reflect that, including a change in the title. • […]

Discussing the Sheep and the Goats

It is time for us to consider another parable and teach one another as we study and meditate on its meaning. This week’s Gospel text from Matthew contains one of Jesus’ most familiar parables: The Sheep and the Goats (Matt. 25:31-46). I’m sure most of you have heard this parable many times, and perhaps have […]

Sermon: Serving a Generous Master (Matt. 25:14-30)

Today’s Gospel text speaks of a man going on a long journey. The journey that has brought me to this place where I stand today has likewise been long. Picture in your mind a young boy growing up in the Midwest. His family took him to the Methodist church. He loved being in the sanctuary, […]

Do We Really Want God to Intervene?

photo © 2006 Jenny Bauman | more info (via: Wylio)By Chaplain Mike In today’s worship, we heard the Gospel parable from Matthew 13 about the wheat and the weeds. Jesus told them another parable: The Kingdom of heaven is like this. A man sowed good seed in his field. One night, when everyone was asleep, […]

Trinity Sunday

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20 in this bed, two lovers fumbled as they found their way and it was holy when they knelt beside this bed to pray it kept them warm through many nights of cold, elusive fear when tender sweet caresses answered softly falling tears some secrets whispered in this bed […]

Pentecost

By Chaplain Mike Today’s Gospel: John 20:19-23 enclosed in a dark house alone with my own fear reluctant to go out, to deal with life to exert the energy it takes to listen to my tiresome neighbor complain about his cable service and the jerks who let their dogs crap on his lawn too spent […]