Sermons on John

One Body, Many Gifts

Did you know: The human body is miraculously complex, With 60 million cells, With 36 million heart beats every year, With 300 billion red cells produced every day, With 60,000 miles of blood vessels in each body. And in order to make this marvelous body you and I are inhabiting continue to function, we need to different parts to work together! From…

Distractions from Joy

In our last home, we had a compost bin.  At the farthest edge of our yard, we would fill it with cut-up leaves after mowing the lawn, grass clippings, and carrot shavings, peelings from apples, as well as other vegetable and fruit peelings.  Then we would turn it over and over and over again.  We would regularly check in on the progress…

A Stewardship of Legacy

Slide 1: Today we want to focus on something we may not think much about- the stewardship of our legacy. How do we live so that our lives continues to change the world, shape the world for God even after our lives here end? Slide 2: Psalm 78- this is The Message version- goes like this: 1-4 Listen, dear friends, to God’s…

DO John

Last weekend, Steve and I took some time away in New York City for our anniversary.  We walked through Times Square, around Broadway specifically, and the rest of the Theater district.  We heard lots of voices calling to get our attention.  Large television screens advertising everything from news stations to clothing.  There were broadcasts of games and talk shows.  There were pop-up…

Do Believe in Trinity

I wonder if you have heard this one:  Several centuries ago in the 1300s, the Pope decreed that Jews had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy. There was a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal: he’d have a religious debate with the leader of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in…

Blue Christmas

We entered in the darkness tonight, friends.  On the longest day of the year, we entered into a dark room.  Already, we have lit together two candles.  We light candles to remind of God’s presence.  We light candles to call our own attention to God.  Pay attention tonight to the light.  It might be easy to look for the darkness, but look…

Watch Closely

We like to figure things out for ourselves, don’t we? No one tells me what to do! I “do it my way” (feel free to start singing Frank Sinatra!) Left to our own devices, we can often do it our way and be alright. There’s iPhones and microwave ovens and soon self-driving cars! Then there…