1 Corinthians 7:29-31 This January, we’re taking a look at common new year’s resolutions – and what our faith has to say about them.  Last week we dealt with food, but I had to make a disclaimer at the start:  I’m a pastor, not a nutritionist.  This week’s topic requires a similar statement:  I’m a […]

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Today continues a New Year’s resolution theme for January, with probably the most-frequently resolved issue:  food. Before you put your hopes and dreams in this message, let me be clear:  I am not a nutritionist.  I haven’t come up with the next diet fad.  I am a pastor, and my area of […]

Mark 1:4-11 I’m glad to be back in the sermon-writing saddle after being out on vacation last Sunday.  More than just Sunday – my family was out-of-pocket for 8 full days. In our world of work, school, and church, 8 days is a really long trip.  Long enough to have a cornucopia of celebrations:  5 […]

Tonight we gather in the dark, in the quiet last hours before Christmas morning.  Some of us are here to sing the songs and hear the Scripture like we do each year.  Some of us are here to sit next to family or see old friends or just to be together with others who believe.  […]

Matthew 2:1-12 As we place the next-to-last figures around the manger scene, I need to teach you two things.  The first is that – as idyllic as our manger scene looks – all these people weren’t actually there at the same time.  When Matthew tells us about the wise men, he says they visited Mary […]

Luke 2:8-20 After placing Joseph and Mary around the manger, today we continue building the set with the shepherds. Shepherds were ordinary guys. Ordinary guys who worked with animals, to be more specific (thanks, Robert Tannehill). They were the kind of person who could visit, say, a manger and not feel out of place. They […]

Luke 1:26-38 Today we continue building our manger scene with Mary… the one who found herself unexpectedly pregnant and had faith enough to accept it. I have to believe that finding out you’re pregnant is always kind of shocking.  When I discovered I was pregnant with Eleanor, our oldest, it was very much planned for […]