Posts Categorized: sermons

The Christmas Trinity

The nativity story is a play in three acts revealing to us God’s essence. In the first act Luke sets the story squarely in a real place and time. “In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.” Luke starts at the top with Caesar because in… Read more »

A Timey Whimey Transfiguration

It can be difficult to figure out what to do for Transfiguration Sunday. The New Testament text shares the story of when Jesus climbed the mountain with Peter, James, and John and he has transfigured before them. His appearance became a dazzling white and he was standing with Moses and Elijah revealing that in Christ… Read more »

Three Steps to Revolution

How have your resolutions been going? Sometimes a resolution is hard to get started. Sometimes it starts with a great drive but it loses steam and falls apart. Maybe you’ve been keeping your resolution but you are quickly discovering that it’s not much of a resolution—“I promise to breath more in 2015.” Why do resolutions… Read more »

I Know What It Looks Like

The Christmas decorations are still up. At first blush it looks like the church forgot or thought you wouldn’t notice or thought you would notice but wouldn’t really care. Rest assured that this was on purpose. Today is 12th Night, the last day of the Christmas season, but it does feel at least a little… Read more »

In the Neighborhood: Peace

Advent is a peculiar season. It is a season of waiting for a Messiah we know has come. It is a time to meditate on the peace, hope, love, and joy Christ established, and yet we pray for these gifts to come into fruition. When we sing, “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus,” we sing not… Read more »

Put Down the Mask

Usually when I answer the door on Halloween night, the conventional werewolf, princess, or superhero greets me, but then you have that one guy or girl who leaves you puzzled. You think to yourself, “Is he an animal or some kind of foreign car,” or “Is she a literary character or just uninterested,” or “Do… Read more »

Stuff: Where Your Treasure Is . . .

  Should there come a day when all your stuff is gone, will you know who you are, or more importantly, whose you are… When Christie and I got married I moved into her apartment on College Drive in Baton Rouge. As a newlywed couple we were basically holding hands while moving boxes to our… Read more »

Letting Go of Mammon

Money is a funny thing. At times it’s empowering, and other times it makes you feel worthless. It either jingles in your pocket or is folded in your wallet or for many of us it is numbers on a digital screen. Some say it makes the world go round. Others say loving it is the… Read more »

How Many Times Must I Forgive?

My wife makes incredible chicken salad. The ingredients are chicken, mayo, mustard, and unicorn tears. It’s delicious. One evening after having chicken salad for supper Christie gathered the leftovers, put them in the fridge, and said, “I’m going to eat this for lunch tomorrow. Is that ok.” “Of course,” I reply. The next day I… Read more »

Beautiful Feet–Romans 10:5-15

“Beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” I might amend that to say, “Beautiful are the feet which fit in last year’s school shoes.” You might think that scripture would say, “Beautiful is the face,” or “Beautiful is the voice,” but no, “Beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.”… Read more »