Sermons on Matthew

Do Expect Peace

Imagine my surprise:   I began my renewal leave in the middle of October by spending eight days in Ontario, Canada in silent retreat.  When I returned, I was surprised to find out major construction was underway just off Guernsey Road, just down from the church. On my short commute, I am now often slowed down and treated to a view of construction…

Do Matthew

Prophecy sometimes gets a bad rap like the proverbial boy who cried wolf.  Or, if you prefer, like the ominous warning Winter is Coming from Game of Thrones. Being the lone voice who is calling the community to hear them can be lonely and long, draining and daunting.  And yet, this is the work of the prophet. Look and listen.  We hear…

Do Social Holiness

At one of the first churches I served, a kind parishioner told me if I would only every preach that Jesus loved me and sit down, I would be complete.  And I think that they were earnest.  The challenge with that proposition is that you and I need for ourselves more application answers to the question, so what?  If Jesus loves me,…

DO Hear the Call

Paul traveled on an unexpected life journey, going above and beyond.  He never expected to be called to be doing all he did.  At one time, he was out to get Christians and made a living and purpose in having them persecuted and then God intervened and his purpose changed.  It is written that no…

DO: One Word

For the wise ones, it began with a hunch. The Magi had been studying the stars and surveying the skies and working the astrology and waiting for what was coming. Their preparation came ahead of the great story. Epiphany, the season of brilliant manifestation and aha! and revelation came first with showing up in ordinary…

Genesis: Count your Blessings: Blessings of Intentional Presence

During my sophomore year of college, there were two terrifying abduction cases.  Penn State, who most often gathered around football, basketball, and Creamery Ice Cream, was galvanized around two abductions and sexual violence.  Both were of young women involved in the active Greek life.  Both were surrounded with concerns of love and care.  Both brought…