Sermons

This week, the nation is focused on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, which remains the deadliest terror attack in world history. Across the two towers, the Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania field, 2977 people were killed and more than 6,000 others were injured. We have only just now ended the war that attack began.

But while 9/11 was a single day of terror, we are still in the grips of something infinitely worse. Over 650,000 Americans have died from Covid since the start of the pandemic. Over 32,000 have died in the US just in the past 28 days. And the war on science, truth, and compassion that has ensued is merely in its infancy.

This Sunday we are going to talk about the ways that grief and traumatic events dismember us and how we can heal through re-membering instead of merely recalling those wounds. When done with love, we can re-member the past in a way that creates a strong foundation for moving into the future, whether we have been dismembered by events in our world or in our individual lives. It takes us all, together. Will you join me?

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Sheep or Goat?

Sheep or Goat?

People ask questions related to heaven and/or hell, so I try address them with the only time Jesus gives us any detailed picture of how such judgments are made. The Bible passage is probably familiar to many of you; it’s Matthew 25: 31-46. While...

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The Covenant of Baptism

The Covenant of Baptism

On this particular Sunday we welcomed two people into membership at Crawford and had the enormous privilege of baptizing their daughter. This provides not only a wonderful time of celebration (cake at coffee hour!) but also an opportunity to...

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Images of God

Images of God

“What’s wrong with calling God ‘Father?’” My response is nuanced, so I invite you to read and think about this old Indian folktale (below), told in verse by John Godfrey Saxe. [button link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3xnA0MQgS8"...

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Sabbath

Sabbath

Did you know that the Sabbath commandment is not only the longest of the ten, but also the only one that is unique among ancient law codes? Why would resting for one day a week rise to the level of the top ten laws of the God of Israel? And what...

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Communion, Truth and Justice

Communion, Truth and Justice

This Sunday we celebrated Holy Communion as we normally would, but we also talked about a Bible passage about Communion that I think is frequently misunderstood and why fixing that issue might provide us with an anchor in these destabilizing times....

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The Offering

The Offering

Knowing the struggle I have, and knowing the struggles we all have around issues of money, I decided to do some teaching this morning on what the offering is and does. Its roots go way back in the Old Testament to the time when Israel was formed as...

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Archive of Past Sermons

September 12, 2021 Remembering Text: Deuteronomy 6:1-12 — Watch or Read

August 29, 2021 Sheep or Goat? Text: Matthew 25:31-46 — Watch or Read

August 22, 2021 The Covenant of Baptism Text: Genesis 9: 8-17; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 — Watch or Read

August 15, 2021 Images of God Text: John 4:1-42 — Watch or Read

​August 8, 2021 Sabbath Text: Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15– Watch or Read

August 1, 2021 Communion, Truth and Justice Text: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 — Watch or Read

June 27, 2021 The Offering Text: John 4:7-12; Numbers 18:21-29 — Watch or Read

June 20, 2021 What Can I Say? Text: Romans 12:15, John 11:35 — Watch or Read

June 13, 2021 The Real Question of Job Text: Job 1:1; 2:1-10 — Watch or Read

June 6, 2021 Where Are the Prophets Text: 1 Corinthians 14:1-5 — Watch or Read

May 30, 2021 How to Understand the Trinity Text: John 1:1-5, 10-18 — Watch or Read

May 23, 2021 Can These Bones Live? Text: Ezekiel 37: 1-14 — Watch or Read

May 16, 2021 Finding Hope Text: Lamentations 3:1-3, 19-24– Watch or Read

May 9, 2021 Honoring Parents Who Don’t Deserve It Text: Exodus 20:12, Mark 7:1-12 — Watch or Read

May 2, 2021 What Are We Doing in Communion? Text: Luke 24:13-35 — Watch or Read

April 18, 2021 Why Did God Allow the Pandemic? Text: Luke 13:1-9 — Watch or Read

April 11, 2021 Skeptical Text: 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 — Watch or Read

April 4, 2021 While It Was Still Dark Text: John 20:1-18 — Watch or Read

March 28, 2021 Rock Concert Text: Luke 19:29-40 — Watch or Read

March 21, 2021 What’s It All About? Text: 1 Corinthians 13; Luke 10:25-37 – Watch or Read

March 14, 2021 Joy or Happiness Text: Philippians 4:4-7– Watch or Read

March 7, 2021 There’s a Rabbit in My Engine Text: Hebrews 11:8-16– Watch or Read

February 28, 2021 Forgive Us Our Debts Text: Matthew 6:9-15– Watch or Read

February 21, 2021 Swearing to Be Faithful Text: Matthew 5:33-37– Watch or Read

February14, 2021 A Generous Helping of Fruit Text: Matthew 5:38-42 — Watch or Read

February 7, 2021 Out of the Mouth Text: Proverbs 10:17-21; Matthew 15:10-20– Watch or Read

January 24, 2021 The Long Week Text: Galatians 5:22-23 — Watch or Read

December 27, 2020 By Another Road Text: Matthew 2:1-12 — Watch or Read

December 20, 2020  Transformation in Whoville 2020 Text: Luke 2:1-20 — Watch or Read

December 13, 2020  The Shepherd Channel Text: Luke 2:8-16 — Watch or Read

November 29, 2020  Bending Low Text: Luke 13:10 -17; Isaiah 40:1-5– Watch or Read

November 22, 2020  Street Clothes and a Hat Text: Philippians 2:5-11– Watch or Read

November 15, 2020  Love the Spider Text: 1 John 4:18– Watch or Read

November 8, 2020  What She Did for Love Ruth 1:11-19a; John 15:9-17– Watch or Read

October 25, 2020  New Skins for New Wine Text: Mathew. 9:14-17; John 3:1-10 — Watch or Read

October 11, 2020  Knocked off Our High Horse Text: Acts 1-19– Watch or Read

September 27, 2020  Grow Text: Psalm 1– Watch or Read

September 20, 2020  Water into Wine Text: John 2:1-11– Watch or Read

September 13, 2020  The Greatest of These Text: Luke 10:25-37, 1 Corinthians 13– Watch or Read

August 30, 2020  Why Are We Here Text: Genesis 2:1-9, 15-23; Exodus 20:8-11 — Watch or Read

August 23, 2020  Dominion Text: Genesis 1:28Watch or Read

August 16, 2020  Genesis Text: Genesis 1:1 — Watch or Read

August 9, 2020   The Gift Text: Genesis 33:1-17 and Luke 15:11-32 — Watch or Read

August 2, 2020   The Emptying River Text: Genesis 32:22-31– Watch or Read