May 16, 2011

Sermon for 1/15-16/2011 Text: Psalm 40:1-11 We live in a world of competing narratives. Nothing just happens anymore. Every event that gets reported in our news is either evidence of why our society is going down the drain or a model of hope that should make us all proud to be Americans. And what every blogger, columnist, and pundit wants is for their version of the story to be the story that “wins” the most believers. Last weekend’s shooting in… Read more

May 16, 2011

Sermon for Christmas Eve, 2010 So how many of you participated in some way in the Hypothermia project last week? Raise your hands! For those of you who were unaware, our church was a temporary shelter for a week for homeless people living in Fairfax County. I grumbled a little bit about the timing since Christmas is such a busy time already. But you know, I thought about it and it’s actually very appropriate for us to spend time with… Read more

May 16, 2011

Sermon for Advent, 12/18/2010 Text: Matthew 1:12-25 Joseph was a righteous man. The word “righteous” has gotten a bad rap in our day, because righteous and self-righteous have come to mean the same thing. Our world has reduced morality to a set of either-ors. Either you stand up for what’s right and you’re a merciless judge of others, or you’re an easy-going person who doesn’t have any moral convictions. Either you see the world in black and white terms that… Read more

May 16, 2011

Sermon for Advent, 12/4/2010 Text: Matthew 3:1-12 Let me just be honest. John the Baptist frustrates me a little bit. He’s like the crazy uncle you invite to your Christmas party since he’s good for some laughs, and he ends up going on an awkward, angry rant that makes everybody leave. Instead of telling stories about his adventures in the desert eating locusts and honey, John calls the guests a “brood of vipers” and says that God is ready to… Read more

May 16, 2011

Seven Deadly Sins Sermon Series, 7 out of 7 –11/28/2011 Text: John 3:19-21 So what do you do when your seven deadly sin sermon series spills over into Advent? And the only deadly sin that hasn’t been addressed yet is lust because it’s the most awkward one to talk about? Advent is the G-rated time in the Christian calendar. It’s about angels and babies wrapped in swaddling clothes and petting zoos with three year-old shepherds. It’s about Mary’s giddiness upon… Read more

May 16, 2011

Deadly Sin Sermon Series, 5 out of 7 — 11/13/2010 Text: Mark 10:17-22 We all recognize greed, right? It usually involves a stout old man wearing a top hat and smoking a cigar. Or it’s the Grinch who stole Christmas. Or Mr. Burns. My favorite is this cartoon of a man stuffing his face with money itself. It’s pretty easy to determine who’s greedy: it’s anyone who has more than I do. If I have a waterski boat, then I… Read more

May 16, 2011

Deadly Sin Sermon Series, 4 out of 9 — 11/6/2010 Texts: Genesis 3:1-13; Luke 18:9-14 It’s hard to understand what’s wrong with pride. Aren’t we supposed to take pride in our work? To be proud we’re Americans or proud of our children? The world teaches us to be proud of our accomplishments in our applications to colleges and jobs. Proud people work hard; they take care of themselves and don’t ask for help; they know what’s right and they’re not… Read more

May 16, 2011

Deadly Sin Sermon Series, 3 out of 7 — 10/30/2010 Text: Luke 16:19-31 How many of y’all have heard of the freshman 15? It’s the 15 pounds that college kids put on in their first year in college from all the carbs they eat in the campus dining hall. Well, for the past few months, I’ve been learning about something I’m calling the first year pastor 20. It comes from all the potlucks and eating out that we do. It’s… Read more

May 16, 2011

Deadly Sins Sermon Series, 2 out of 7 — 10/23/2010 Text: Matthew 25:14-30 Some of you might be aware that the country of France is in the midst of major protests because the government has proposed to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. This has been an interesting backdrop for contemplating a sermon on sloth, the deadly sin of the week. Part of me wants to start singing Les Miserables. But another part of me wants to say… Read more

May 16, 2011

Deadly Sins Sermon Series, 1 out of 7 — 10/16/2010 Text: selections from Jonah In the late nineties at the University of Virginia, we had a hellfire preacher who would come out every fall to verbally abuse people in the amphitheater. He sent all of us to hell, Christians and non-Christians alike. He would always wear a suit that was very wrinkled and sometimes soaking wet. He usually drew quite a crowd. The frat-boys loved him and did their best… Read more

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