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 […]

Sermon 1/29/17 – CONFRONTED BY CHANGE Luke 6:1-16

Unless I misjudge you, I can’t imagine anyone here got in arms about what was going on in that Scripture reading.  Is anybody appalled that the disciples, having no food, plucked some heads of grain from a field on the Sabbath, rubbed them in their hands to separate the wheat from the chaff, and ate […]

Sermon 1/22/17 A FISHING STORY Luke 5:1-11

Some of the greatest stories I’ve heard involve fishing.  A few of them even involve fish, though many of the funniest ones do not.  There are some days when anyone can catch fish – all you have to do is throw the bait out and a fish will bite.  There are other days when even […]

Sermon January 8, 2017 -PASSING THE TORCH Luke 3:1-22

“Passing the torch” is a powerful symbol and metaphor, and today leads us to think about that from all sorts of perspectives.  We have just entered a new year, which is often symbolized by an old man with a long beard and walking stick passing a torch to a newborn baby.  We are ordaining and […]

Sermon: New Years Day 1/1/17 OPEN TO GOD’S FUTURE Luke 2:21-38

If this story seems very familiar, I preached from it last year, and as one of the few texts which have to do with the childhood of Jesus it appears very regularly in all lectionaries.  I plan to use a slightly different take on the passage this year as we continue to transition from the […]