Palm Sunday 4/9/17 AND SO IT BEGINS… Luke 19:29-44

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic, The Lord of the Rings, as a huge battle is about to begin at Helm’s Deep, Theoden looks at the battlefield and the approaching army and utters the classic line, “And so it begins…”  I couldn’t get that line and that image out of my head as I focused on the […]

Sermon 4/2/17 I CAN’T SEE!!! Luke 18:31-19:10

Today concludes our journey through the life and ministry of Jesus leading up to Holy Week as presented in Luke’s Gospel.  In each of the four years of the Narrative Lectionary we will take that journey through the eyes of a different Gospel writer.  We have seen many of the stories which are unique to […]

Sermon 3/26/17 WALLS AND CHASMS AND THE END OF CHANCES Luke 16:19-31

This is the third of three parts of the teaching of Jesus on the road to Jerusalem that I believe need to be held in tension as we aspire to live as Christians.  In the first set of teachings Jesus reminds us that on any given day a tower can fall on innocent people and […]

Sermon 3/19/17 REJOICING WITH GOD Luke 15

I lost my Bible two weeks ago after our Monday noon staff Bible study.  It was missing for eight days.  I retraced my route to every place I could remember going that day several times over that week and was just totally baffled that I couldn’t find it.  I told other staff members so they […]

Sermon 3/5/17 BALANCING MISSION AND NURTURE Luke 10:25-42

I love the pairing of these two stories and think it has much to say to us about living the Christian life.  It speaks to us of a balance between mission and nurture, between doing for others and looking after our own needs. Both stories are very familiar.  In the first, one of the Jewish […]

Sermon: 2/26/17 SIGHTS AND SOUNDS AROUND THE MOUNTAIN Luke 9:28-45

Some of you may have noticed that I am wearing an orange tie with paw prints on it today.  When Clemson beat my team to win the national championship I told Doug Stewart I was disappointed in him that he had not brought me a Clemson tie to wear, so he told me he would […]

Sermon 2/19/17 EXTRAVAGANT LOVE Luke 7:36-50

Have you ever been around a couple who were so much in love and so outward in their shows of affection that you found yourself rolling your eyes or shaking your head or feeling embarrassed?  Nothing else in the world seemed to matter to them and they didn’t care who knew it.  Have you ever […]

Sermon 2/12/17 LOOKING BENEATH THE SURFACE Luke 7:18-35

Maybe you have heard the name Stephen Curry?  He has been the most valuable player in the National Basketball Association the past two years, and last year was the first player to win that award unanimously.  He led his team to the NBA championship two years ago, they were runners up last year, and they […]

Sermon 2/5/17 NO LIMITS ON COMPASSION Luke 7:1-17

It is interesting to me that the Narrative Lectionary skips from last Sunday’s passage in which Jesus gets in trouble for upending Sabbath laws to today’s passage in which two miracles are done.  It completely skips over the “Sermon on the Plain,” Luke’s shortened version of major teachings of Jesus which Matthew presents in the […]