Blinded by the Light

Sermon for the Third Sunday of Easter
April 14, 2024

Today’s sermon is the second in my series on the Bible’s book of church history—the book called the Acts of the Apostles. Last week we were reminded that Acts is really the second volume of the Gospel According to Luke, because it was written by the same author. But one of the most important things we might remember about Acts is one of its main characters.

Third Sunday of Easter

April 14, 2024

The Lord is our light and my salvation; whom shall we fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of our lives; of whom should we be afraid?
Teach us your way, O Lord, and lead us on a level path.
And we will sing and make melody to God.

Good Purpose

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Easter
April 7, 2024

I started reading a book a couple of years ago about the happiest country on earth. It made me very unhappy, so I didn’t finish it. And that’s why I won’t say the title of it. The author might’ve ended up in a very different place than where I left her, so my treatment of her might not be fair.

Isn't He Here

Sermon for Easter Sunday
March 31, 2024

Many centuries before Jesus was born, something happened that I I’m thinking about this morning. It’s something we’ve probably all heard. It’s the story of how some women stood up to a great empire.

We’re told that the emperor of the Egyptians (he was called Pharaoh) came to fear his slaves—a people called the Hebrews.

The Same Attitude

Sermon for Palm Sunday
March 24, 2024

In our Bibles, between Paul’s letters to the Ephesians and the Colossians, we find another letter—the one to the Philippians. Paul wrote it while he was in prison. But since Paul had been arrested more than once, we’re not sure exactly which time this was.

The church Paul wrote to was in the Macedonian city of Philippi, which was named after the father of Alexander the Great.

To Live in the Light

Sermon for the Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 17, 2024

Let’s look at the last verse in this morning’s reading from 1 John 2. It shows us something about the translation we have in our pews that I talked about when we first got the New Living Translation. And that is about the philosophy behind it. It’s less a word-for-word translation and more of a thought-for-thought translation. If you look at the old Authorized Version, verse 10 begins this way: He that loveth his brother abideth in the light.