Author Archives: marywbrown

God is great, God is good

Exodus 20:1-17 There’s a prayer we say together before dinner at night.  I bet you can guess which one.  I’ll even give you a hint:  we have two small children. Yep, you got it: God is great, God is good, Let us thank him for our food. By his hands we all are fed; Give […]

Why We Go To Church

Revelation 7:9-17 Today I want to talk about why we go to church. I mean, seriously.  What do we get at church that we can’t get at home?  Most weeks, I listen to a sermon on my iPhone.  I can get almost any preacher I want.  Adam Hamilton?  No problem.  Andy Stanley?  You bet.  Barbara […]

The Way of Passing it On

Given on the 10th Anniversary of Andrews UMC’s Family Life Center. Genesis 3:1-3 and Matthew 28:16-20 Today we have a lot to celebrate. Over ten years ago, many of you took a leap of faith.  You wrestled in prayer, listened hard to God… and decided that God was calling you to build a Family Life […]

The Way of the Underdog

Luke 4:16-21 We are on the Way. When we say we’re on the Way (with a capital “W”), we mean that we are followers of Christ – and as such we are following his example.  Every day, more and more, we do as Jesus did, talk as Jesus talked, treated people as Jesus treated them. […]

The Way of Sacrifice

Mark 10:35-45 We are on the Way. That’s how the early church put it:  instead of saying, “I’m a Methodist,” or even, “I’m a Christian,” the first followers of Christ would often describe themselves as followers of the Way.  There’s an important difference here; where “Christian” can be meant to imply a set of beliefs, […]

The [Two] Ways of Forgiveness

Luke 6:37-38; Luke 11:1-4 How do you ask someone if they’re a Christian? The line I usually use is, “Do you have a church you go to?”  I like this approach because I don’t want to assume that someone isn’t already going to church before I invite them to my own.  But I also find […]

Anticipating Totality

John 1:1-5 The Lectionary – the traditional church calendar – has us read the first chapter of John at Christmastime, which also happens to be right about the winter solstice.  I find it beautifully symbolic.  When we have the fewest daylight hours of the year we Christians pause to reflect on how “the light shines […]