Good Shepherds (a sermon on John 10:11-18)

God’s grace and peace be with you all. I was ordained July 1st, 2012—almost six years ago now. At the ordination service, I asked one of the pastors who had mentored me, a man by the name of Jay Spoonheim, to be the preacher. He had a particular way of describing the role of a … Continue reading Good Shepherds (a sermon on John 10:11-18)

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Write Your Own Ending (a sermon for Easter)

Christ is risen, alleluia! (Christ is risen indeed, alleluia!) The Bible includes four gospels, four versions of the story of Jesus’ life, each one a little different from the others. All four agree on the major points: Jesus is the Son of God. He travels around, teaching and preaching and healing the sick. He goes … Continue reading Write Your Own Ending (a sermon for Easter)

The Foolishness of the Cross (a sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25)

God’s grace and peace be with all of you. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes, “The message about the cross is foolishness.” Foolishness. In Greek, the word is moros, which is where we get our English word “moron.” The message about the cross is moronic. What exactly is Paul talking about? He says … Continue reading The Foolishness of the Cross (a sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25)