Let Us Go Higher

Transfiguration Sunday Exodus 24:12-18 Matthew 17:1-9 It has been a difficult week to be a United Methodist – at least for some of us. It was difficult to sit at General Conference among people whose viewpoints, perspectives, understanding, and theology of God...

Tough Love

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost Luke 6:27-36 As we sit in this sanctuary, over a thousand Methodists from all around the world are gathered in St. Louis, Missouri to work towards a new future of the United Methodist Church as it relates to sexuality, marriage, and...

Jesus Speaks Plainly

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany Jeremiah 17: 5-10 Luke 16: 17-26 The heart of Jesus’ ministry was to teach people about God and the kingdom of God. Each week during worship we pray the Lord’s Prayer. It is so familiar that we can repeat it almost by rote without giving...

Our Need, God’s Response

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany Isaiah 6:1-8 Luke 5:1-11 It was an ordinary day and the disciples were doing what they ordinarily do. They were expert fishermen who knew the waters well. Their families and the people in the villages were waiting for their catch. The...

When God Pushes Our Buttons

Fourth Sunday after Epiphany Jeremiah 1:4-10 Luke 4:21-30 I want to commend those persons who have signed on for leadership roles in the church this year and beyond. It is a big deal and huge responsibility. While the pastor has overall responsibility for the vitality...

The Beauty of Being Unique

Third Sunday After Epiphany 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a Luke 4:14-21 In our epistle for this morning, the Apostle Paul presents a glowing portrait of what it means to belong together. He writes in a time when the church was in a state of confusion and division. Paul...