August 23, 2020: Neglected Characters of the Bible: Rahab

August 23, 2020, Psalm 24:1-10 and Joshua 2 and 6 (passim) In these dog days of summer, I’ve decided to stray from the normal, prescribed readings for a few weeks to bring you a sermon series on some of the neglected characters of the Bible—people who are mentioned briefly in the sacred texts, who walk […]

August 2, 2020: What About the Jews?

Isaiah 55:1-5 and Romans 9:1-5 Today I am continuing my series of sermons on Paul’s Letter to the Romans. I am drawing on the book, Not Ashamed of the Gospels, by Fleming Rutledge. Throughout much of our history, Christian preachers have demonized the Jews. As you may have noticed, we preachers tend, most of the […]

July 26, 2020: Who is to Condemn?

Psalm 105:1-11, 45b and Romans 8:26-39 I am continuing this morning with my series of sermons on Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, drawing from the book Not Ashamed of the Gospel by Fleming Rutledge. One of Paul’s most important themes could be stated as “There but for the grace of God go I.” If […]

July 19, 2020: Standing on Tiptoe

Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 and Romans 8:12-25 I am continuing this morning with my series of sermons on Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, drawing from the book Not Ashamed of the Gospel by Fleming Rutledge. One thing I’ve really missed during our extended hiatus from in-person worship because of the pandemic is baptisms. All baptisms […]

July 12, 2020: Not Guilty

Psalm 119:105-112 and Romans 7:21 – 8:11 Today I am continuing my summer series of sermons on Paul’s Letter to the Romans. I am drawing from a book by Fleming Rutledge entitled Not Ashamed of the Gospel. I imagine we are all familiar with that proverbial scene from countless movies and TV shows when a […]

July 5, 2020: What about Free Will?

Matthew 11:25-30 and Romans 7:15-25a Today I am continuing my summer sermon series on Paul’s letter to the Romans. I’ve been drawing from a book called, Not Ashamed of the Gospel, by Fleming Rutledge. When I was growing up, the Methodist church in our small town was just two doors down from the Presbyterian Church. […]

June 21, 2020: Between Desire and Cemeteries

Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17  and Romans 6:1-11 This morning I am continuing my series of sermons on Paul’s letter to the Romans, drawing on Fleming Rutledge’s book, Not Ashamed of the Gospel. The playwright, Tennessee Williams, lived on St. Peter Street in New Orleans while he was writing his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire. […]