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When the King Calls

10/15/2017 Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The text is Matthew 22:1-14.   Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today, I’m going to share a story with you.  It’s a very old one…one that I told over 20 years ago, but it’s just as relevant today … Continue reading

An Opportunity of a Lifetime

10/8/2017 Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost  The text is Matthew 21:33-43.  Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. I don’t know about you, but I love watching the commercials on TV.  Sure, they interrupt the program, but I often find that they are full of creativity … Continue reading

Are Good Intentions Good Enough?

10/1/2017 Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 21:23-32.   Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. Whenever we are in the year of Matthew, the parables of Jesus serve as our Gospel lesson for weeks on end.  Today, we have one of those … Continue reading

What is More Important?

9/3/2017 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Romans 12:9-21. Grace and peace to your from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  Well, my friends, it’s Labor Day weekend and unlike the years that I was in grade school, classes have already begun.  How do I know?  Not by today’s … Continue reading

Who do YOU say that I am?

8/27/2017 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 16:13-20. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  This is Peter’s rock-solid confession made in the presence of Jesus and the other disciples – and it … Continue reading

Equal in the Eyes of God

8/20/2017 Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost The text is  Matthew 15:(10-20) 21-28. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. Today’s gospel is one of the most confusing and yet most profound passages in the Bible as Jesus has to deal personally with the question of who … Continue reading

Justification

7/30/2017 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Romans 8:26-39. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen. The second lesson for today is familiar to most of us as part of it is often read at funerals.  No, it does directly speak of the resurrection.  … Continue reading

And Both Shall Grow Together

7/23/2017 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.   Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  Today, we have another one of the parables in Matthew where Jesus “unravels” the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.  These parables are not puzzles in … Continue reading

Sowing Good Seed

7/16/2017 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23. Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen. “Rain, rain, go away…come again some other day.”  Over the last few weeks, I’m sure that there have been many people who were thinking of this childhood chant … Continue reading

Try as I Might

7/9/2017 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost The text is Romans 7:15-25A.   Grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen Years ago, there was a Peanuts cartoon where Lucy was explaining to her brother Linus about the division in the human heart. She drew a picture of a … Continue reading