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Sermon 8/6/17 – Ephesians 6:10-20

Within the body of New Testament letters, none may be as fascinating as Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  This morning, I encourage you to resist generalizing the New Testament letters as different expressions of the same message and truth.  Instead let us spend some time exploring Paul’s circumstance and his message so that we may […]

Sermon 7/30/2017 – I WANT TO TALK ABOUT US Ephesians 4:1-16

A few years ago country singer Toby Keith came out with a song which will be running through a lot of your heads for the rest of the service after I have reminded you of it.  Most of the song is about his girl friend, with lines like these: We talk about your dreams and […]

Sermon July 23,2017 – JESUS: BRING DOWN THIS WALL! Ephesians 2:11-22

Thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan made a speech at the Brandenburg Gate of the Berlin Wall which divided east and west Germany and symbolized the divisions of the cold war.  During that speech he said to the Soviet premier: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”  People did indeed begin tearing that wall down, bringing […]

Sermon 6/25/17: ELIJAH AND JESUS Luke 9:51-56 II Kings 2:1-14

One of the things I have enjoyed about using the narrative lectionary this past year is the way it focuses on helping people connect the dots through the Bible.  Though I am departing from that lectionary a bit this summer, I’m still thinking about the connections.  A particularly fascinating connection for me in the Bible […]