July 3, 2021

According to Frederick Buechner, “Paul WASN’T MUCH TO LOOK AT. “Bald-headed, bowlegged, strongly built, a man small in size, with meeting eyebrows, with a rather large nose.” Years after his death that’s the way the apocryphal Acts of Paul and Thecla describes him.” Paul traveled to: “Corinth, Ephesus, Thessalonica, Galatia, Colossae, not to mention side trips to Jerusalem, Cyprus, Crete, Malta, Athens, Syracuse, Rome—there was hardly a whistle-stop in the Mediterranean world that he didn’t make it to eventually.” While he traveled,… Read more

June 26, 2021

Notes for a sermon… Psalm 130 130:1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD. 130:2 Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! 130:3 If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? 130:4 But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. 130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 130:6 my soul waits for the Lord… Read more

May 30, 2021

When the computer networks at Colonial Pipeline were hacked with ransomware, within days here in Virginia, there was a rush on gas stations, price gauging, and long lines amid fears of gas shortages. More than 40% of the country’s gas is transported through this one network of pipelines.  Let me say that again… Nearly half of the gas for the nation was affected and within a few days there was price gauging and lines at the pumps. I try to… Read more

May 1, 2021

Notes for a sermon… Acts 8:26-39 8:26 Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a wilderness road.) 8:27 So he got up and went. Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 8:28 and was returning home; seated… Read more

April 1, 2021

John 20:1-18 Jesus in the Garden 20Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 2So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3Then Peter and the… Read more

March 6, 2021

This third Sunday of Lent. Notes for a sermon…   Spring Cleaning John 2:13-22 2:13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 2:15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned… Read more

January 30, 2021

(My sermon for Jan. 30, 2021) Mark 1:21-28 1:21 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 1:22 They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. 1:23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 1:24 and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know… Read more

January 22, 2021

(These are my notes for my sermon, Jan. 24) When we think about the story of Jonah, We think about Jonah and the whale.  That’s not the important part of Jonah. That’s not what the story is about. I’m going to try to read it quickly, but I want to tell the whole story of Jonah. Notice how little attention is actually paid to the whale. There are several points that need to be made, so let’s look at Jonah…… Read more

January 7, 2021

So much happened in 2020 that we couldn’t imagine. The virus and the hundreds of thousands of deaths. The economy is in shambles. We’re afraid to be around others – strangers and family, for fear we might transmit or get Covid. 2020 was a hard, difficult year. Surely, 2021 would be better, right? On January 6, not even a week into the new year, a mob stormed the United States Capitol building. People died. Other were hurt. Property was damaged…. Read more

December 17, 2020

Here are the notes of the sermon I delivered the third Sunday of Advent, 2020 Advent 3 – Dec. 13 What is Christmas all about? Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 61:1 The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; 61:2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,… Read more

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