Sermons on Philippians

Aligned

AlignedIt’s the opportunity of a lifetime. Longtime tenants finally move out of prime real estate. Jackpot! It is the natural moment for transition and possibility. What comes next? Prospects can be the most exciting moment for any organization or institution. And the most telling. One group posits the smartest financial investment would be a luxury hotel with its proximity to tourist destinations.…

You are Loved

You are LovedOn Ash Wednesday, about forty-seven days ago, 60 of you said thank you to me when I said ashes to ashes, dust to dust, from God you have come and God you will return. Why say thank you or Amen? What were you institutively reflecting on? We acknowledge the reality that our life is in God. God is already creating…

Love Your Worries

Laid up in a hospital bed from his wounds, a young man named Ignatius began to imagine more than the brokenness he had known. More than just fighting and pain, he wondered what else he could do. With aggression, conflict, mercenary challenges, he felt desperation. At the age of seventeen, he was more eager to pick a good fight, than any concern…

Love the Hypocrites

Today, we continue on our Lenten series to take on love based on Jesus’ teaching from the Sermon on the Mount.  I invite you to take on love for hypocrites.  Often, we think of hypocrisy in terms of a someone else.  Someone who has hurt you.  Someone who has betrayed you.  We can imagine someone who has said one thing and done…

Love Your Enemies

This Lent, we have been listening to Jesus’ call in the Sermon on Mount to take on love, God’s love with prayers for our hands and actions for our feet.  Last week, we began our journey on Ash Wednesday as we asked the question – Does Jesus love me, even me?  YES!   Then we looked…

Greatest Joy!

Greatest Joy!A priest, an evangelist, and a minister were in a row boat in the middle of a pond fishing. None of them had caught anything all morning. Then the evangelist stands up and says he needs to go to the bathroom, so he climbs out of the boat and walks on the water to shore. He comes back ten minutes later…

Do Mark

Almost every day, I walk to the bus stop.  In this season of life, two of three children regularly ride the bus.  For any of you who have, do, or will relate to a bus stop, you know it is a nexus of news.  Students are exchanging news.  Parents are sharing news.  Bus drivers have news.  News is to trafficked in. Bus…

DO Include – Mental Illness

In the gospel lesson, we find the crowds, perhaps even Jesus’ own family, accusing and worrying that Jesus is out of his mind!  Things have gotten out of control and Jesus might have gotten a bit more here!   What should we do!? They find themselves wondering.  What is Jesus doing!! The complexities of family are not glossed over in anyway.  In fact,…