October 4, 2020: United in Stewardship

Isaiah 5:1-7 and Matthew 21:33-46 The Bible begins and ends in a garden. Eden of old long ago, and the New Jerusalem. I’m speaking in poetry now. Not science. For this is the language of faith, not of geology, biology, or physics. We start, according to the old sages, as dust and mist, an idea […]

September 27, 2020: World – Conquering Humility

Psalm 25:1-9 and Philippians 2:1-11 In criticizing contemporary literature, the great poet T. S. Eliot claimed that characters today no longer have great ideals that either inspire or conflict them. Now, he said, characters only have nervous reactions. We can all relate to that.  In this never-ending pandemic year, it sometimes feels like our world […]

September 20, 2020: Neglected Characters of the Bible – Miriam

Exodus 2:1-10; 15:19-21 and Numbers 12:1-14; 20:1 Today’s sermon is my last in the series this summer on neglected characters of the Bible. We’ve been focusing on some of the “little people” in Scripture, who are rarely the subject of sermons. Today’s “little person” is Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron. If you know […]

September 13, 2020: Neglected Characters of the Bible – Tamar

Psalm 123:1-4 and Genesis 38:1-30 I am continuing this morning with my series of sermons on some of the “little people of the Bible”—people who are mentioned briefly in the sacred texts, who walk upon the stage of Scripture for a word or two, and then recede into the background. I’m drawing on the work […]

September 6, 2020: Neglected Characters of the Bible – Agrippa

Acts 26:1-32 Today’s sermon continues my series on neglected characters of the Bible. It’s based on the work of Methodist Bishop William Willimon while he was Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. We’ve been focusing on some of the “little people” of the Bible, who are rarely the subject of sermons. Today’s “little person” […]

August 30, 2020: Neglected Characters of the Bible – Ananias

Psalm 145:10-18 and Acts 9:1-20 I am continuing this week with my series of sermons on neglected characters of the Bible. It’s based on the work of Bishop William Willimon while he was Dean of the Chapel at Duke University, and focuses on a number of the “little people” of the Bible— folks who arguably […]

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 […]