Category Archives: Sermons

A Tribute to the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs

This week, I have been thinking about a different Scripture than the one read today. This week, I found myself thinking about the Scripture that says: Jesus wept. This is Jesus’ response to the death of a good friend named Lazarus. Jesus hears that Lazarus is ill, goes to see him and, upon arrival, learns […]
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The Image of God, Blessings and Beams of Love

Matthew 22:15-22 Poet William Blake writes, “We are put on earth a little space that we may learn to bear the beams of love.” What happens when we really allow the beams of love to penetrate our heart, to soften our being, and to move our soul? I was pondering that question this week when […]
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The Parable of the Persistent Landowner

Matthew 20:1-16 In the book Tiny Beautiful Things, I read a story about a woman named Cheryl Strayed; Cheryl’s mother dies unexpectedly when Cheryl is twenty-two. The Christmas before her mother dies, Cheryl’s mother gives her a warm coat. The mother has saved for months to buy this coat and thinks it is perfect for Cheryl. […]
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True Strength

Romans 12:9-21 I was driving in the Hudson Valley one day when I passed a sandwich sign in front of a church that said: “COME HOLY SPIRIT, PLEASE.” When you read the sign, you can feel the urgency of the sign creator.  You could tell that what it really says is c’mon God, some days […]
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A Sermon on Exhaustion, Simplicity and What Matters

Listen to the sermon here: http://fbcinessex.buzzsprout.com/97164/525178-a-sermon-on-exhaustion-simplicity-and-what-really-matters Acts 2:1-21 This last week or so has been a bit dizzying. Around two weeks ago, I embarked on a journey to the Hudson Valley, where I attended an intense workshop on making a difference and then, from there, I drove down to New York City and took a flight […]
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A Sermon on Trail Angels, Organ Donations and the Truth that We Are Not Alone

Listen to the sermon by clicking here. John 14:15-21 Two weeks, I went to the hospital with Mark and Nina to pray with them and accompany them as Mark prepared for a live liver donation.  I woke with anticipation that day at 4:30 a.m. and stayed there almost all day, barely able to leave because […]
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Indescribable and Glorious Joy

Listen to the sermon here. 1 Peter 1:3-9 Hallelujah Anyway. That’s the title of a book recently written by Christian author Ann Lamott. In Hallelujah Anyway, Ann Lamott writes about how certain African Christian traditions say that God created human beings because God thought we would like it. This idea stops Ann right in her […]
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A Palm Sunday Sermon

Matthew 21:1-11 Save us. Hosanna means save us. The people clogged the streets shouting this word again and again, “Hosanna. Hosanna.” The people lined the road to Jerusalem, filled with a mixture of fear and hope, hunger and despair.  “Was this the Messiah?” they asked one another as they craned their necks and peered between […]
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The Gift of the Blind Guy

John 9:1-41 They had written him off. The community had written the blind guy off. They were so busy judging him that they missed out on befriending and learning from him. Maybe the blind guy has something to teach us about faith, about learning to navigate through the unknown. Yet, in this story, the blind […]
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Come as You Are

John 4:5-42 Trust. Today’s Scripture is about trust. I wonder: Do we really trust God?  Do we trust God with all the parts of our lives, the places where we experience anger and frustration, as well as places where we feel gratitude and delight? I was pondering that question this week as I reflected on […]
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