Posts Categorized: sermons

While He Was Still Far Off

Thursday morning, Isabelle came into the living room full of excitement and energy. She said, “Daddy, today’s my birthday.” “I know, sweetie,” I replied. She said, “It took the earth to go around the sun seven times for my adventure.” What a beautiful way to look at life—an adventure. It’s taken the earth 35 and… Read more »

Footprints of Action and Absence

It’s contagious, isn’t it . . . when someone looks up into the sky? You can’t help but follow the gaze. You can hardly blame the disciples for staring into the sky as Jesus is lifted up on a cloud. It defies logic. It defies physics. It defies everything we think we know about how… Read more »

The TROUBLE of TRIVIAL PURSUIT

My daughter, Isabelle, doesn’t like to keep her feet on the floor, both physically and metaphorically. When she was a toddler we would often find her standing on the kitchen table. I would say in a stern voice, “Don’t stand on the table.” Later, as if nothing had happened, she would again be on the… Read more »

The Game of Life: The RISK of SORRY

Christ is alive! So . . . now what? Resurrection reminds us that dying for what you believe in is a one-time affair. Living for what you believe in; rather living for who believes in you . . . that’s a more difficult proposition. To say that life is “a game” is not a means… Read more »

Where Expectation and the Incomprehensible Meet

One Easter Sunday morning, a Sunday School teacher gave a kindergarten girl an Easter egg. The little girl opened her bright, pastel-colored egg to find a slip of paper. Being that she just started reading, the little girl struggled to read her newly found message. She read, “He is . . . a raisin?” It… Read more »

Jesus’ Rock Song

Click here to listen: Click here for “Bargain”:  Jesus has entered into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey announcing his messiahship in the heart of where God’s people are gathered. The crowd is shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” Depending on which Gospel you read, the… Read more »

Jesus' Rock Song

Click here to listen: Click here for “Bargain”:  Jesus has entered into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey announcing his messiahship in the heart of where God’s people are gathered. The crowd is shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!” Depending on which Gospel you read, the… Read more »

See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me

Click here to listen to the sermon:  Michelle stopped me in the hallway following Sunday morning worship. Massaging her temples through a grimaced face said enough, though she whimpered a whisper— “Rev Rawle, I’ve been having migraines. The medicine isn’t helping. Nothing is working. Can you pray for me?” Now in seminary we were taught… Read more »