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 […]

Sermon 6/18/17: THE BODY OF CHRIST Luke 22:14-20 John 15:5, 9-15

Today is a highly significant day in the life of this particular part of the Body of Christ, at Central Presbyterian Church.  For the first time in 22 years we welcome to our church staff and family a full time Associate Pastor, Noelle Henry Read. From 1959 till 1995 Central had Associate Pastors, and if […]

Sermon 6/11/17: REMOVING BARRIERS OF DISABILITY Matthew 11:2-6 Romans 10:14-17

The last couple of weeks we have looked at passages which talk about the amazing way Jesus was at work breaking down barriers.  Paul reflected in amazement that because of Jesus there were no longer distinctions between Jews and Gentiles, males and females, slaves and free people.  Why?  Because all of us are one in […]

Sermon 6/4/17 : FROM SLAVE TO CHILD TO HEIR Acts 2:1-4 Galatians 4:1-7

Today completes the first of our four journeys through the Bible using the Narrative Lectionary.  We started the Sunday after Labor Day with a journey through the Old Testament, and midway through Advent we switched into a journey through the Gospel of Luke, and after Easter we have finished up with stories of the early […]

Sermon 5/28/17 ONE: FROM ABRAHAM TO JESUS Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29

We have departed from the narrative lectionary for the past four Sundays due to special things going on – youth Sunday, children’s service, mother’s day, and baccalaureate service.  Most of what we have missed were passages from the book of Acts about important happenings in the formation of the early Christian church.  The story is […]