Category Archives: Sermons

Subtle Splendor

Luke 12:32-40 [Watch sermon here.] Jesus preaches,“Make for yourselves wallets that don’t wear out—a treasure in heaven that never runs out.No thief comes near there, and no moth destroys.” There is not an occasional break-in into our soul,but a serial robbery: a constant infiltration of voicesthat burglarizes our focus and besieges us with distractions. Jesus […]
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Encountering the Human on the Way

Luke 10:25-37 [Watch sermon here.] The story today seems so simple.Be empathetic.Pay attention to the human being in front of you. Why is this so hard? We run late, and we walk by everyone who is suffering.We do not know someone, and then we do not care. Why is it so hard for us to […]
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Let’s Go Deeper

Check out this week’s sermon, co-preached by the Rev. Joy Perkett and the Rev. Ernesto Medina! Watch here: Let’s Go Deeper

But First

Luke 9:51-62 [Watch sermon here.]              Follow me.Jesus beckons to the strangers on the road. Someone responds,“I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replies, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests;I have nowhere to lay my head.” Another traveler says, “First let me go and bury my father.” Jesus responds, “Let […]
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The Pursuit of Freedom

Luke 8:26-39 [Watch the sermon here.] Jesus steps out of the boat onto the shoreline.A man approaches him wildly. Homeless and naked,this man lives in the local cemetery. Filled with demons,he shrieks, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus?” It’s a violent and feral welcome to a new land. Yet Jesus has compassion,softens himself, and […]
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The Voyage of Wonder

Proverbs 8:1-10, 22-31 [watch sermon here] There’s an air of playfulness about Woman Wisdom.She relishes being in God’s presence, always.God delights in spending time with her.Woman Wisdom rejoices in the earth as mountains erupt into place,and seas splash the shorelines. She finds herself in the busiest parts of the city.She stands at the gate as […]
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Smoldering Ashes

Acts 2:1-21; watch the video here When the day of Pentecost arrived,they all met in one room. Like a movie,Pentecost is filled with fantastical activity:winds roar; flames dance;foreign words fly from people’s mouths. Yet, what wows me todayis that the group all met in one location. Another translation reads,When the day of Pentecost arrived,they were […]
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As If

Acts 16:16-34; watch the sermon here                                     — Dear God, Help us to be really present.To you. To each other.To your Word. Amen. There’s a freedom song that sings of Paul and Silas in prison. The freedom song is called “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize.”It was written for the Freedom Riders,black and white civil rights activists […]
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The Imprint of Sole

Acts 9:36-43 [watch video here] Transforming love. Let’s take a survey. Who has ever been transformed by love? Raise your hand if the answer is yes. I have! How have you been transformed? Has it been like the slow drip of rainthat leaves scattered holes on a rock’s surface?Or have you experienced a sudden transformation–like […]
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The Moment of Recognition

[Watch video here.] John 21:1-19 Let’s pray. Loving Rabboni, you welcome me into your community.You listen to my voice, you see me as I am, and I am loved.I have courage and strength to persevere in your loving way,loving God, loving creation, and loving my neighbor.Send me; use me.When I encounter suffering, I will show […]
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