Sermon on Revelation 21/22 – An Excerpt

This will soon be delivered to Orting UMC! On Revelation 21:10, 22 – 22:5 But it really isn’t an artistic depiction of heaven that we are being called to, is it? It is the New Jerusalem that will descend from heaven, where God will dwell and where we will see God face-to-face. Hmm, maybe this…

Saul: Lamenting a Man of Promise

My sermon on David’s lament of Saul. It apparently went well. My most cherished comment was, “your delivery was so easy, like you were playing cards with us!” So now you have to read it so you can see why he would mention playing cards. ;-)

On the Importance of Boundaries

When I was a young adult, I lived in the Bible-belt of North Carolina in a small town outside of Charlotte. One of the interesting things about the area I lived in was the presence of Heritage U.S.A.Theme Park, the home of PTL ministries run by Jim and Tammy Bakker. Everybody in the area knew about Heritage. At Christmas time, they had the most fantastic light display and going there was almost as good as going to Carowinds, the local amusement park.

Be Seedy Not Weedy

We often respond naturally to things we don’t understand. It is these moments that our weediness and seediness is tested. So, I suppose, we need to define what the test is in order to know whether we are acting weedy or seedy. And that is seedy like seeds from plants not seedy like shabby or dingy. The test that I have in my mind is the “simple” question, “what response or action will bring the most spiritual, physical, emotional, and intellectual freedom to those among us who are the lost, the least, and the lonely.”