Take Up Your Cross

Sermon for the Second Sunday in Lent
February 25, 2024

It’s in Mark 8 that a conversation takes place that I think most of us remember. Jesus and his disciples are on a long road trip, and he asks them, “Who do people say that I am?”

“A prophet,” they answer him. “Some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and some say you’re one of the other prophets—but definitely a prophet.”

Driven

Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent
February 18, 2024

The oldest books in the New Testament are not the four gospels. In fact, that Gospel According to John is probably one of the last books of the Bible ever written. The first books were the letters of Paul. And of those, First and Second Thessalonians are the oldest—they were probably written just after A.D. 50. Most scholars agree that the first gospel to be written down was Mark, which came at least ten years later.

The Light Within

Sermon for Transfiguration Sunday
February 11, 2024

I can still remember where I was when I heard the news. I was driving on Loiza Street in Santurce, Puerto Rico. This was in the year 2000, and I was listening to WOSO, San Juan’s English-speaking radio station. And here’s the news that I heard. The Food and Drug Administration had just given permission to the California Prune Board to market their product not as prunes, but as dried plums.

Eagle's Wings

Sermon for February 4, 2024

Today’s appointed lesson from the Hebrew scriptures contains one of our favorite verses: Isaiah 40:31— 

Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

I don’t have a lot of time for a sermon today, so I’ll just take us through this verse.

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

February 4, 2024

CALL TO WORSHIP
Great is the Lord: His power and understanding are beyond comprehension!
How good it is to sing praises to our God!
He supports the humble and heals the brokenhearted
We will sing out our thanks to the Lord. 
God’s delight is in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. 
Praise the Lord!
—adapted from Ps. 147

Fear and Wisdom

Sermon for January 28, 2024

I know most of you all can’t relate to what I’m about to say. But the older I get, the more I misplace things. That is to say, I simply forget where I put them. One of the main things I forget is my cell phone. At any given point, it might be anywhere in the house. Now, there are certain places where it’s most likely to be found, so I check those first. But if after all that I still can’t find it, I actually have an app on my laptop that will show me where it is on a map.