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On Being Christian Luke 14: 7-14 This morning, we’re going to talk about the work of being a Christian. I would’ve put all of that on the corner sign, but you might’ve thought twice about coming in. Most people don’t want to work on holidays and most people certainly don’t want to work on Sundays. If they come to church,Read More →

Countering Culture Luke 13: 10-17 I want to begin by thanking God and each one of you who’ve had a part in my serving Western Presbyterian Church these last 8 months. It is a privilege to minister to a congregation that has a heartfelt understanding of the needs of humanity and attends to those needs with acts of justice andRead More →

Inshallah Isaiah 1: 10-20  Luke 12: 22-34   The Powerball fantasy is worn out. How many of us privately expect that we’re going to win, and then suffer in silence over how it wasn’t our lucky number again? Thursday night when I realized that it was too late for me to purchase a ticket, I inwardly sighed. Friday morning whenRead More →

“The Unholy Trinity” Hosea 11:1-11 Luke 12:13-21 I was visiting family in Ohio a couple of weeks ago. Every summer, we have a sort of family reunion. I think my mother plans these so I get at least an annual dose of pigs and cows. Sometimes, I also get a healthy heap of freshly picked black raspberries or tomatoes. ThisRead More →

“Absurd Claims of Our Faith”1 Exodus 16:1–4, 13–15, 31–32 2 Timothy 4:1–8 Luke 11:1-13     A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the importance of prayer, because sometimes prayer is all we’ve got. We wondered aloud why would we need to, or dare to, feel the privilege to or even want to pray to our God if ourRead More →

We Need a Better System Luke 10: 25-37   I felt a mix of surprise and suspicion when I was told about 15 years ago or so that if someone comes up to you on the streets of NYC asking for money, you shouldn’t give it to him. This was a Sunday Go To Meetin’ kind of guy with aRead More →

  To God be the Glory Galatians 6: 1-16   These days, many of us are quite suspicious of people who publicly praise God for the gifts God’s given them. Think about what goes through your mind when you see football players who celebrate touchdowns with a kneel in prayer in the end zone, or tennis players who kiss aRead More →

Sometimes, Prayer Is All We’ve Got 1 Kings  3: 5-12 Romans 8: 26-30   I can hear the skeptics, or the contrarians, the highly intellectual, or some of those down on their luck, “If you say that God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent, why would we need to pray at all?” If our God knows everything, is everywhere, controls creation,Read More →

O Compassionate Ones 1 Kings 17:8–16 and Luke 7:11–17 This morning’s lesson is about how Jesus, following his gut instincts, broke from the thick of a crowd to rescue a poor and vulnerable widow. It’s a story of how Jesus met this nameless woman in the thick of a crowd of her own and healed her from sure and certainRead More →

Inspiration Made Visible Genesis 11: 1-9; Acts 2: 1-21 Pentecost It seems these days that I’m the last person in on any pop culture craze. It didn’t use to be that way. I always thought that I was on the pulse. But take Tom’s Shoes and Eyewear. What a story! Of course, I only learned about them last week. InRead More →