Exodus 33:12-23 I’ve been wondering, lately, where we’ll go next. Just a few weeks ago we celebrated the 10th anniversary of our Family Life Center – 10 years of that two-story facility serving our church and the community.  But not just that; we celebrated the full payoff of the $800,000 loan we took out to […]

Exodus 32:1-17 This is a low moment in Israel’s history. Moses has been up on Mount Sinai with God for forty days (24:18).  To Israel’s credit, that is kind of a sizable sabbatical.  If I were gone from my church for a month and a half I would assume that my congregation would make some […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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, […]